Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024

Bas Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Popor Sapsiree Taerattanachai Make a Strong Comeback at the YONEX SUNRISE India Open 2024

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At the YONEX SUNRISE India Open 2024, Bas Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Popor Sapsiree Taerattanachai, the experienced Thai badminton duo, showcased their resilience by saving four match points against Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino. This victory marked their first semifinal appearance since the Japan Open in July last year, breaking a streak of nine events without crossing the quarterfinals.

Determination and Triumph

The fourth match point witnessed Taerattanachai’s remarkable defense from the floor, displaying their unwavering determination to secure victory. After 86 minutes of intense play, they clinched a hard-fought 21-17 15-21 27-25 victory, which was their first win against Watanabe and Higashino in four consecutive encounters. Undoubtedly, their joy was evident as they celebrated this momentous achievement.

In a post-match interview, Taerattanachai shared, “It’s all about who makes mistakes first. We played with nothing to lose, keeping up the attack. This has been the longest third game we’ve played.”

Unfortunate Exits

The YONEX SUNRISE India Open also witnessed two high-profile casualties. An Se Young, the reigning world champion, was forced to retire early in the second game against Yeo Jia Min due to a right knee injury. Additionally, An’s compatriots Seo Seung Jae and Chae Yu Jung were defeated in straight games by Ye Hong Wei and Lee Chia Hsin.

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Reflecting on her retirement, An Se Young stated, “Although I came to India with the injury, I wanted to continue playing. However, I had concerns about aggravating the injury, especially considering my previous hamstring problem. It’s challenging to sustain two consecutive weeks of play, despite feeling fine at the (HBSC BWF) World Tour Finals and performing well in Malaysia last week.”

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Other Thrilling Moments

Kim Won Ho and Jeong Na Eun delivered an astonishing comeback against Feng Yan Zhe and Huang Dong Ping. Despite facing match point situations in the second game and trailing 4-12 and 13-18 in the third, the Korean pair demonstrated incredible resilience and eventually emerged victorious with a thrilling 15-21 24-22 21-19 win.

After experiencing early exits in his previous three events, Lee Cheuk Yiu fought his way into the semifinals with a hard-fought 21-17 18-21 21-13 victory over Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

FAQs

Q: How long was the match between Bas Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Popor Sapsiree Taerattanachai and Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino?
A: The match lasted for 86 minutes and was an intense battle between the two pairs.

Q: What was the reason for An Se Young’s retirement in the second game?
A: An Se Young retired due to a right knee injury that she had been carrying since before the tournament.

Q: How did Kim Won Ho/Jeong Na Eun manage to win their match against Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping?
A: Kim Won Ho and Jeong Na Eun made an extraordinary comeback after saving four match points in the second game and overcoming a significant point deficit in the third game.

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Conclusion

The YONEX SUNRISE India Open 2024 provided fans with thrilling badminton action filled with comebacks, resilience, and unexpected outcomes. Bas Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Popor Sapsiree Taerattanachai’s victory against Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino showcased their determination and marked their return to the semifinals. Despite unfortunate retirements from An Se Young and early exits of other players, the tournament continues to captivate badminton enthusiasts worldwide.

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