JAKARTA - Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti had to settle for being runners up. Both must acknowledge the superiority of the Dechapol Puavaranukroh / Sapsiree Taerattanachai pair in the final of the Yonex Thailand Open 2021 tournament.
The second seeded pair, who is also the 2020 All England champion, was defeated by the first seed from Thailand, Dechapol Puavaranukroh / Sapsiree Taerattanachai in three games lasting 56 minutes with the acquisition of 3-21, 22-20, 18-21.
In the first game, Praveen / Melati did not move at all. His opponent played very fast. Point by point was immediately collected, while Praveen / Melati fell far behind without adding points. The Indonesian duo, who was named the second seed, lost 3-21.
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Entering the second game, Praveen / Melati tried to get up. They struggled to turn things around. This time, they matched the Thai pair's pace and attacked more aggressively.
Their efforts yielded positive results. Although they took turns leading the scoring, Praveen / Melati were able to secure the final points, winning 22-20.
In a decisive game, the two couples get into a quick battle. Although their opponents took the lead from the start of the game, Praveen / Melati were able to catch up and make it a 13-13 draw.
However, after that, Puavaranukroh / Taerattanachai continued to advance, while Praveen / Melati often missed until they finally fell to their knees with a closing score of 18-21.
The pair from the White Elephant Country are indeed more superior. Currently, Puavaranukroh / Taerattanachai is the third mixed doubles in the world, while Praveen / Melati is in fourth place.
However, if you look at the BWF records, Praveen / Melati is superior because they have bagged four wins over the Thai representative from a total of six meetings between the two.
Indonesia still has one representative who will appear in the final match of the badminton tournament at the Super 1000 level, namely the women's doubles Greysia Polii / Apriyani Rahayu.
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