By The Nation
The world No 10-ranked Jongkolphan and Rawinda toppled Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvusha Ram of India 21-13 21-16 on a day when many Thai players did not survive the opening round.
With Ratchanok Intanon opting to miss the event to focus on next month’s Sudirman Cup and Thai No 2 Pornpawee Chochuwong also absent, Busanan Ongbamrungphan and Nitchaon Jindapol were the only hopes in women’s singles but both made first-round exits – Busanan lost 21-15 21-13 to Yeo Jia Min of Singapore and Nitchaon was then eleminated 21-16 21-12 by He Bingjiao of China.
It means Nitchaon has crashed out in the first round in her last four tournaments.
It was almost a similar sad tale for Thailand in the men’s draw – Kantaphon Wangcharoen lost to third-seeded Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 23-21 17-21 21-16, Khosit Phetpradab was downed 21-15 21-15 by Lu Guangzhu of China and Thai No 3 Suppanyu Avihingsanon was defeated 14-21 21-13 21-15by Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia. However later in the day, Sitthikom Thammasin helped save the Thai men's pride after he beat Cheam June Wei of Malaysia 14-21 21-19 21-16.
Apart from the women’s doubles team and Sitthikom – the mixed doubles team of Dechapol Puavaranurkoh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai also made it through their opening match on Tuesday.