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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