KHON KAEN - Defending champion and top seed Kritanai Chantara celebrated double honours on Thursday after retaining his under-17 boys’ singles title and teaming up with Pawut Areecharnkij to claim boys’ doubles victory in the finals of the northeastern leg of the 2019 SCG Junior Championship badminton tournament at Chayatip venue.
The tournament was the opening leg of this year’s Bt1.5 million junior badminton competition co-sanctioned between SCG and Thailand’s badminton association.
Kritanai romped past second-seeded Pawut, his boys’ doubles partner 22-20 and 21-19 in 36 minutes to win the title for the second consecutive year. Then the boys’ singles finalists teamed up to edge out second-seeded Monthon Thanarungrak and Nopasit Checkchuntuk 21-16, 18-21 and 21-17 in 28 minutes.
In girls’ under-17 singles final, last year’s runner-up and top seed Kanita Klanpairee powered past Nattamon Suktan 21-12 and 21-15 to win her first championship title.
Elsewhere, in under-15 singles finals, (girls) Nawinda Baoruang defeated Thanunpat Tipwipakul 21-8, 22-20; (boys) Pupat Suyawaree defeated Norapat Srinamol 21-12, 21-8; in under-13 singles finals, (girls) Nichapa Wechawong defeated Krongkaew Suriyabut 19-21, 21-9, 21-11, Suwarut Utsanont defeated Paswat Bunont 19-21, 21-19, 21-14.
The second leg will be held next weekend at HP court, Chiang Rai.