Taerattanachai Wins Her First US Open GPG Title
- 16 July 2013
At YONEX/OCBC US Open Championships, Sapsiree Taerattanachai (VTZF, SHB01LTD) became the first Thai woman to win this tournament. It was an event that five different nations won each title. Japanese Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda won the men’s doubles title, Lee Chun Hei (VTZF, SHB01LTD)/Chau Hoi Wah (NR800) of Hong Kong China took the mixed doubles title, men’s singles title was for Vietnam and women’s doubles was won by Chinese pair.
Sapsiree faced 2 Japanese players, 7th seeded Kaori Imabeppu (ARC11) in the semifinal and Yuka Kusunose (NS9900) in the final. Kaori defeated No. 2 seed Yip Pui Yin (ARC11) in the quarterfinal and Yuka won the semifinal against No. 1 seed Nichaon Jindapon (VT70). Japan and Thailand are getting stronger and they are already the powerhouses of badminton. Earning 42 winners, Sapsiree defeated Yuka to win her first ever Grand Prix Gold title. The final score was 21-12 21-13.
No. 1 seed Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda met 7th seeded Jui Wei Liang/Kuan Hao Liao from Chinese Taipei. After taking the first game by 21-16, Takeshi/Keigo faced opponent’s game point at 20-19, however, they managed to close the match by 27-25 in the end.
The legendary Tony Gunawan (ARC10) participated in the mixed doubles event with Eva Lee. They faced No. 1 seed Lee Chun Hei/Chau Hoi Wah in the quarterfinal. Tony showed his skillful technique as a former world champion of men’s doubles, however, Chun Hei/Hoi Wah continually attacked throughout the match. The Hong Kong duo won the match by 21-18 21-12 and their powerful and speedy attacking was enough to capture the title. Chun Hei/Hoi Wah defeated Chinese Wang Yilv/Yaqiong Huang in the final with a score of 21-8 21-14.
Tournament Results - Finals
Tien Minh Nguyen (VIE) def. Wong Wing Ki (HKG) 18-21 21-17 21-18
 Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (JPN) def. Jui Wei Liang/Kuan Hao Liao (TPE) 21-16 27-25
Bao Yixin/Zhong Qianxin (CHN) def. Xiaohan Yu/Yaqiong Huang (CHN) 21-17 24-22
*Taerattanachai’s image is from Thailand Open 2013.
Image of Lee/Chau is from the Asia Championships 2013.