22 Dec 2018

Titles for Yoon Jiyu, Jung Younga and Kim Kunhea; the Korea Republic emerged as the most successful nation on view in the Women’s Singles events on Thursday 20th December at the 2018 Thailand Para Open in Chiang Mai.

The top seeds, all justified their status.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Competing in Class 1-3, Yoon Jiyu, after overcoming colleague, Lee Migyu (11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9) accounted for the host nation’s Dararat Asayut (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6) to secure the top prize.

Runners up spot for the host nation, it was agonizing runners up spot for Wiittra Jaion. The no.2 seed, in Class 4-5; after securing the opening two games, by the very narrowest of margins, she was beaten by Jung Younga (6-11, 2-11, 11-5, 11-3, 12-10). Earlier at the semi-final stage Jung Younga had overcome Panwas Sringam, also from Thailand (11-5, 11-2, 11-4).

Hard fought success for Jung Younga; life was somewhat less demanding for Kim Kunhea in Class 8-10. A straight games semi-final success in opposition to Thailand’s Wachiraporn Thermoya (11-6, 11-3, 11-9) was followed by a similarly imposing win in opposition to Japan’s Megumi Ishikawa, the no.3 seed (11-4, 11-6, 11-8). Notably at the semi-final stage, Megumi Ishikawa had caused a minor upset by ousting the host nation’s Chayan Settisrikoendkun, the no.2 seed (3-11, 11-3, 12-10, 13-11).

Three titles for the Korea Republic; for Russia, it was two in number, as once again the top seeds prevailed.

Maliak Alieva emerged successful in Class 6, accounting Thailand’s Supanee Kokaew in the penultimate round (11-1, 11-3, 11-1), prior to securing the top prize by overcoming Macao’s Lam Oi Man, the no.2 seed (11-1, 13-11, 11-4). Meanwhile, in Class 11, it was victory for Elena Prokofeva; after accounting for Hong Kong’s Wong Pui Kei (11-5, 11-8, 11-5), she beat Hong Kong’s Ng Mui Wui, the no.2 seed (11-9, 11-6, 11-3).

Gold for Korea Republic and Russia; there was also gold for the Netherlands. The reigning Olympic and World champion, Kelly Van Zom emerged as the Class 7 champion; Macao’s U Choi Hong finished in runners up spot with Hong Kong’s Wong Yue Ching, the bronze medallist.

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

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