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Saralee wins one, loses another

Thailand’s Saralee Thoungthongkam won the one she didn’t expect and lost the one she was favoured to win at the SCG Thailand Open on Sunday.

Saralee (right), and her mixed doubles partner Sudket Prapakamol were the hot favourites against China’s Jiaming Tao-Tang Jinhua, but suffered a surprise straight games defeat in the opening final of this Grand Prix Gold tournament in Thailand.

She, however, made up for it by guiding her 16-year-old partner Lam Narissapat to the women’s doubles crown by upsetting fifth seeds Cheng Shu-Pan Pan after a three-game battle.

Sudket-Saralee, who are former All England runners-up, were seeded second in their home tournament and may had expected them to beat their Chinese opponents, even though they had created a big upset in the semi-finals by eliminating top seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen.

The Chinese pair, however, had other ideas and carved out a comprehensive 21-14, 21-16 victory in 41 minutes to silence the home crowd.

The 33-year-old Saralee hid her disappointment well in the women’s doubles final – the last match of the night – as she guided a player half her age to overcome her nerves in playing a major final.

It was a superb performance by the experience Thai as her younger partner was cool as a cucumber in the title decider and the pair sent the home fans away happy thanks to their 21-15, 10-21, 21-13.

China went home with another title via the men’s doubles when top seeds Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (left), survived a scare from Malaysians Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari before winning 21-18, 21-19.

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