Thailand & Korea Women’s Doubles Surprise at the 2022 World Championship

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Thailand & Korea Women's Doubles Surprise at the 2022 World Championship

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Badminton News : Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai looked satisfied despite having missed four chances to make history as Thailand’s first women’s doubles pair in the BWF World Championship final.

The Thai pair, who turned out to be the biggest surprise package at the World Championships as they had never played a tournament before this year, led 19-15 and went on to hold four match points against world number 4 duo Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Yong.

Each time, however, the Korean pair went to great lengths to deny them the open, and ended up converting their own second match point to enter the biggest final of their career.

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Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong completed a great comeback.

“We are happy with our game today, we gave our best until the last point,” Supajirakul said.

“Of course we are disappointed because we have a chance to enter the final. We had chances, but in that situation it was very difficult.”

Reflecting on their surprising performance, Supajirakul said: “We have decided to change our partnership, but since we have enough points to qualify for the World Championships, we decided to participate.”

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Kim So Yeong said she was “overwhelmed”.

“We can’t believe we won, we’re just overwhelmed. There is no strategy, we just react and try to keep attacking as much as possible.”

Korea’s representatives will be seeded in the final against defending champion Chen Qing Chen / Jia Yi Fan , who eliminated two-time world champions from the hosts, Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara 21-13 and 21-14 in the other women’s doubles semifinal.

“It’s been a while since we played them, so we’re looking forward to it. We won’t think too much, we’ll just go in there thinking to play our best,” said Kim So Yeong.

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Tags: Kim So Yeong, Kong Hee Yong, Puttita Supajirakul, Sapsiree Taerattanachai, 2022 world championship

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