Wednesday, 22 May 2024

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Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel secure victory despite the enthusiastic Thai fans, defeating home favorites Siripong Teamarrom/Saensupa Nipada 15-21 21-18 21-14 in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles semifinals at the Thailand Para Badminton International 2023. Mazur commented, “They started strong, and we felt the pressure. I found my rhythm somewhere late in the second game.” Noel mentioned the difficulty they faced due to the noise, stating, “Only in the middle of the third game I started feeling like I was in control.” Despite the challenges, the French duo showed resilience. They will face Indonesia’s Leani Ratri Oktila/Hikmat Ramdani in the final.

Paralympic and world champion Cheah Liek Hou (Malaysia) fell to Suryo Nugroho 18-21 21-10 18-21 in the SU5 men’s singles quarterfinals. Nugroho, surprised by the result, admitted, “I thought I’d lose and didn’t prepare for the semifinals.” Nugroho’s progress since the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics has been steady, and he is optimistic about qualifying for Paris 2024.

Thailand’s Darunee Henpraiwan had a hard-fought victory against Mandeep Kaur of India, winning 21-17 20-22 25-23 in the SL3 women’s singles quarterfinals. Henpraiwan, at 53 years old, is pursuing her dream of competing in the Paris 2024 Paralympics and shows no signs of being intimidated by her younger opponents.

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China’s Cheng Hefang expressed mixed emotions about returning to competition, happy to be back but surprised by the number of new athletes across all categories. Cheng won the SL4 women’s singles semifinals against Norway’s Helle Sofie Sagoy and will face Leani Ratri Oktila in the final, a rematch of the Tokyo 2020 final.

India’s Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan staged an impressive comeback, defeating Li Fengmei in the SH6 women’s singles. Sivan, determined to stick to her game plan, said, “I kept reminding myself not to change my game and to never forget my own movements and be influenced by the opponent.” Sivan has her sights set on Paris 2024.

FAQs

Q: Who won the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles semifinals at the Thailand Para Badminton International 2023?
A: Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel emerged victorious in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles semifinals at the Thailand Para Badminton International 2023.

Q: Who did Faustine Noel and Lucas Mazur defeat in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles semifinals?
A: Faustine Noel and Lucas Mazur defeated Siripong Teamarrom/Saensupa Nipada in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles semifinals at the Thailand Para Badminton International 2023.

Q: Who will Faustine Noel and Lucas Mazur face in the final?
A: Faustine Noel and Lucas Mazur will face Leani Ratri Oktila/Hikmat Ramdani in the final of the Thailand Para Badminton International 2023.

Summary

Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel display their skill and determination as they secure victory in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles semifinals at the Thailand Para Badminton International 2023. Despite facing challenges, they show resilience and will face tough opponents in the final. Other athletes, such as Suryo Nugroho, Darunee Henpraiwan, Cheng Hefang, and Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan, also showcase their talent and determination on the badminton court. These athletes are driven by their dreams of competing in future Paralympic Games and continue to inspire others with their performances.

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