Sitthikom and Supanida claim national badminton titles
Sitthikom Thammasin and Supanida Katethong crowned themselves champions in the Toyota Thailand National Badminton Championships 2022 held at Central Chaeng Watthana in Nonthaburi province on Sunday.
The tournament offered a total prize money of 1.02 million baht.
Sitthikom, national champion in 2018 and 2019, thrashed Panitchaphon Teeraratsakul 21-6, 21-13 to win his third men’s singles title while Supanida Katethong wore down Pitchamon Opatniputh 21-13, 17-21, 23-21 in the women’s singles final.
Thai badminton players Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai won the women’s doubles title for the third time, beating Nuntakarn Aimsaard and Benyapa Aimsaard 21-12, 21-8. They had won the title in 2015 and 2018.
It was the first time in Thailand that players could challenge the umpire’s decision twice in a game via the video assistant referee system.
Pharanyu Kaosamaang and Worrapol Thongsa-nga won the men’s doubles title, beating Thanawin Madee and Pongsakorn Thongkham 23-21, 21-10, while Pakkapon Teeraratsakul and Phataimas Muenwong scored a straights games win over Watchara Buranakuea and Kittipak Dubthuk 21-19, 21-7 in the mixed doubles final.
Winners of the singles event got a prize money of 100,000 baht each while the doubles winners got 120,000 baht.
Several Thai badminton players will compete in two tournaments in Japan — the BWF World Championships in Tokyo from August 22 to 28, and the 2022 Japan Open in Osaka from August 30 to September 4.