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World junior champion stuns top seed for National crown

Aug 14. 2020
Kunlavut Vitidsarn
Kunlavut Vitidsarn
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By The Nation

Three-time world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn continued his Giant-Killer’s role in the National Badminton Championships as he stunned top seed Kantapon Wangcharoen in three tough sets to win the men’s singles crown on Thursday.


Playing in front of the public for the first time as the government eased their protection against COVID-19, the teenager overcame a second game lapse to prevail over the world No 15  21-17 21-23 21-11.

The 19-year-old Kunlavut, world record holder of three straight World Junior Championships title, also upset world No 25 and second-seeded SItthikom Thamasin, the defending champion, n two sets in the semi-finals on Wednesday in the annual tournament which took place at Central Department Store Chaengwattana.

This is Kunlavut’s best show in the Championships after he reached the quarter-finals five years ago.

Phittayaporn Chaiwan

On the women’s side, there was a huge upset as 19-year-old Phittayaporn Chaiwan upended world No 15 and former champion Pornpawee Chorchuwong 21-16 21-16.

The Championships were also used to select players to represent Thailand in the Thomas Cup and Uber Cub in Denmark this October. 


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