Duo fall in Wuhan decider

Duo fall in Wuhan decider

Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai still couldn’t find a way to beat Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong as the Thai pair suffered a fifth defeat to their Chinese rivals, this time in the mixed doubles final of the US$325,000 Asia Championships in Wuhan, China yesterday.

Dechapol Puavaranukroh, right, and Sapsiree Taerattanachai with their trophies. PR

The eighth-seeded Thais fell 18-21, 11-21 as Lu and Huang, seeded third this week, claimed their fourth title of the year after victories at the All England Open, India Open and Singapore Open.

They were runners-up at the German Open and Malaysia Open.

Lu and Huang also beat Dechapol and Sapsiree in the title match in Singapore a couple of weeks ago.

Top seed Tai Tzu-ying cemented her status as the world’s top female shuttler after coming from behind to beat second seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 18-21, 21-11, 21-18.

It was the Taiwanese’s fourth successive title in as many tournaments, having won the All England Open, Malaysia Open and Singapore Open prior to her appearance in Wuhan.

China’s Chen Long defeated legend and compatriot Lin Dan 21-23, 21-11, 21-10 to take the men’s singles honours.

Second seed Chen needed an hour and 20 minutes to overcome his fourth-seeded opponent in an entertaining encounter.

Lin defeated top seed and long-time rival Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Japanese top seeds Misaki Matsumoto and Ayaka Takahashi took home the women’s doubles crown after beating Kim Hye-Rin and Yoo Hae-Won of South Korea 21-19, 16-21, 21-10.

Tai Tzu-ying MOHD RASFAN