Thais assured of shots at 2 Masters titles

Busanan, Pornpawee set up semi-final clash

Dechapol Puavaranukroh, left, and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

Former champion Busanan Ongbamrungphan and last year's finalist Pornpawee Chochuwong will square off in the semi-finals of the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters.

Busanan, the 2017 winner, battled past Saena Kawakami of Japan 21-17, 10-21, 21-13 in 62 minutes, while Pornpawee, who lost to Nitchaon Jindapol in last year's final, beat fellow Thai Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-15, 21-12 in 36 minutes at Indoor Stadium Hua Mark.

In the top half of the draw, Indonesia's Fitriani Fitriani will battle it out against Hong Kong's Deng Joy Xuan in the semis.

Fitriani, who knocked out top seed and defending champion Nitchaon Jindapol in the second round, came back from a game down to defeat Singapore's Yeo Jia Min 14-21, 21-15, 21-18 while Deng beat Canada's Michelle Li 21-13, 21-19.

There will be another all-Thai match-up in the mixed doubles event.

Second seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai moved into the mixed doubles last four after beating Dutch pair Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek 21-16, 21-14.

They will meet compatriots Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Savitree Amitrapai in today's semis after the sixth seeds beat another Thai duo Parinyawat Thongnuam and Kittipak Dubthuk 21-16, 21-19.

Eighth seeds Tang Chun Man and Ng Tsz Yau of Hong Kong also advanced with a 21-19, 21-15 victory over Indonesia's fourth seeds Akbar Bintang Cahyono and Winny Oktavina Kandow.

They will play the winners of the match between top seeds Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia and Indonesia's Alfan Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami.

Top seed Lin Dan of China also moved into the last four of the men's singles after rallying to beat Malaysia's Cheam June Wei 14-21, 21-16, 21-8.

He faces compatriot Lu Guangzu in the semis today after Lu beat Indonesia's Firman Abdul Kholik 21-15, 21-17.

France's seventh seed Brice Leverdez also progressed after beating Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia 21-11, 21-19. He awaits the winner of last quarter-final match between Taiwan's sixth seed Wang Tzu-wei and Singapore's Kean Yew Loh.

Defending women's doubles champion Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai were due to play Thai compatriots Puttita Supajirakul and Saspiree in a late match.

Third seeds Chayanit Chaladchalam and Phataimas Muenwong were also scheduled to play Dutch sixth seeds Selena Piek and Cheryl Seinen late last night.

Nipitphon Phuangphuapet, right, and Savitree Amitrapai.

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