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Pornpawee stuns Marin for maiden crown in Barcelona

Feb 24. 2020
Pornpawee Chocuwong
Pornpawee Chocuwong
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By THE NATION

World No 20 Pornpawee Chocuwong upset three-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain to claim her maiden BWF World Tour title in the Barcelona Spain Masters on Sunday.

The 22-year-old from Rayong applied her attacking game to upend the world No 5 11-21 21-16 21-18 to win the Super 300 event.

She staged a sweet revenge over the left-handed Marin, the only female player to win three World titles in 2014, 2015 and 2018. 

The in-form Thai lost all five previous matches to the Spaniard before their Sunday's showdown.

Pornpawee won US$12,750 for the winner’s prize money. Previously the Thai was in her first Tour final in the Super 300 Thailand Masters in 2018 but lost to countrywoman Nitchaon Jindapol 21-11 21-18.

However, in the men’s singles final former World junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn was given a lesson by former world No 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-16 21-13.

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