Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai are gunning for a bigger target after winning their maiden mixed doubles title in the US$120,000 Swiss Open in Basel on Sunday.
The pair, after failing in all three previous finals, beat Indonesians Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto 2118 2115 in 40 minutes and avenged their loss in the Denmark Open in October.
The duo, the latest Thai winners on the tour this season after Busanan Ongbamrungphan lifted the Thailand Masters last month and Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai in the Malaysian Masters Grand Prix Gold women's doubles in February , are gunning for a Super Series title as they enter three BWF sanctioned elite events in India, Malaysia and Singapore.
“We feel more confident after this win and we hope to keep the momentum going into our next events. Our next goal is to win a Super Series title,” said Dechapol, who admitted he felt a load off his shoulders after finally winning a title. The pair lost the finals in the Korea Masters, Syed Modi International in 2016 and at the Thailand Masters last month.
“This is a breakthrough for us in several ways. Apart from winning our maiden title, we also beat the Chinese pair [Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen] in the semifinals after losing to them three times earlier. We just didn’t put ourselves under pressure. We played as if we have nothing to lose. We gave everything we had to win,” said the world No 11.
Unlike Dechapol, Sapsiree had won three Grand Prix Gold titles, singles in the 2013 US Open, and women’s doubles with Puttita Supajirakul in the 2016 Thailand Open and with Savitree Amitrapai in the 2012 Syed Modi International.
Apart from the Super Series win, the 24yearold hopes to crack the top5 and reserve a berth into the Dubai Masters in December.
“Compared to our previous finals, we were more focused than ever. We controlled the game well and were a bit lucky on some points. From now on, we will have to work harder, both on court and in the gym, if we want to achieve our stated goals,” she said.