22 Dec 2018

Gold for the host nation, both Yuttajak Glinbanchuen and Wanchai Chaiwut emerged successful as the wheelchair categories in the Men’s Singles events at the 2018 Thailand Para Open in Chang Mai came to a conclusion on Thursday 20th December.

Yuttajak Glinbanchuen secured the Class 3 title, for Wanchai Chaiwut, it was the top prize in Class 4.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Success for Yuttajak Glinbanchuen and very slightly against the odds, the no.2 seed, at the final hurdle he beat colleague, Anurak Laowong, the top seed (11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 11-7) to arrest the title.

A hard fought final, notably in the penultimate round, both players had emerged successful in impressive manners. Anurak Laowong had beaten colleague Wittaya Wichaiwattana in straight games (12-10, 11-5, 11-5), by a similar margin, Yuttajak Glinbanchuen had ousted Russia’s Vladimir Toporkov, the no.3 seed (11-5, 11-5, 11-8).

Most worthy efforts, it was very much the same from Wanchai Chaiwut in Class 4; the top seed, having recorded a semi-final success in opposition to Iraq’s Muntadher Al Sarraji (12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6), he accounted for Korea Republic’s Lee Kyeonghun, the no.2 seed (12-10, 11-7, 12-10) to secure the first prize.

Titles for the host nation; in the remaining wheelchair Men’s Singles events, it was success for Russia in the guise of Evgeni Riazantcev and for Korea Republic in the form of Jeon Taebyeong.

The win for Evgeni Riazantcev in Class 1-2 was very much as anticipated, he was the top seed; he secured the title at the final expense of Iraq’s Ali Al Saedi (11-6, 11-6, 11-6), having one round earlier ousted Thailand’s Natthawut Thinathnet (11-8, 11-3, 11-2).

Conversely, the success gained by Jeon Taebyeong was a surprise; not seeded, in the latter stages he beat the host nation’s Teeradech Klangmanee (11-7, 11-8, 11-9), Iraq’s Adel Khaild Challab (11-9, 11-9, 11-8) and Japan’s Kentaro Do, the no.2 seed (11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9) to arrest the title.

Play concluded in the Men’s Singles wheelchair events, attention now turns to the Women’s Team competitions; proceedings come to an end in Chang Mai on Saturday 22nd December.

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