Thailand Open 2023 Semi-finals Highlights: Lakshya Sen loses to local favourite Kunlavut Vitidsarn
Hello and welcome to the Khel Now live blog for the Thailand Open 2023 Semi-Finals! Stay tuned for live updates as players eye a place in the finals.
After the Malaysia Masters 2023, the BWF world shifts its attention to yet another Super 500 event, the Thailand Open 2023. India has had four different winners in the competition’s history. Saina Nehwal won the women’s singles title in 2012, Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth won the men’s singles titles in 2013 and 2017, respectively, and the men’s doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the title in 2019.
2023 has been one of the most competitive seasons, especially in the men’s singles category, with HS Prannoy being the latest entrant into the list of players to have won a title in the year. No player has won more than one title in men’s singles in the BWF World Tour in 2023.
Thailand Open quarter-finals summary
In the men’s singles quarterfinals, Lee Cheuk Yiu emerged victorious in straight seta against Ng Tze Yong. Lakshya Sen managed a mighty first-game comeback to defeat Leong Jun Hao 21-19 21-11. Kiran George, after an unbelievable run, lost out to France’s Christo Popov Junior 16-21 17-21.
In the women’s singles, An Se Yong was defeated by Han Yue 21-16 21-18, He Bing Jiao defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong, Mia Blichfeldt and Carolina Marin also progressed to the final four with victories over Yeo Jia Min and Michelle Li respectively.
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June 2 all results
NG Tze Yong lost to Lee Cheuk Yiu (19-21, 21-23)
Leong Jun Hao vs Lakshya Sen (21-19, 21-11)
Kiran George loses to Christo Popov Junior(16-21, 17-21)
An Se Young loses to Han Yue (21-16, 21-18)
He Bing Jiao beats Pornpawee Chochuwong (21-10, 21-19)
Mia Blichfeldt beats Yeo Jia Min (21-11, 21-9)
Carolina Marin beats Michelle Li (21-19, 21-12)
Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana beats Lu Ching/Yang Po (21-18, 19-21, 21-17)
Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sukamuljo beats Kang Min/Seo Seung (17-21, 22-20, 21-18)
So Yeong/Hee Yong beats Ren Xiang/Tan Qiang (21-16, 21-14)
Baek Ha Na/Lee So Hee beats Sheng Shu/Tan Ning (22-20, 21-14)
Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsirre Taerattanachai beats Robin Taeling/Selena Piek (21-16, 21-12)
Kim Won Ho/Jeong Na Eun beats Tang Chun/Tse Ying (21-17, 21-7)