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Unknown Thai pair stun top seeded Danes in Thailand Open to reach quarter-finals

Thailand's young men's doubles pair Tinn Isriyante-Kittisak Namdash lighted up the Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok in the Thailand Open on Thursday with a place in the quarter-finals after handing Denmark's top seeds Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen an embarrassing defeat in the second round.

The Thais showed the much touted Danes the exit with a come-from-behind 18-21, 21-15, 21-19 win in the the hour-long match on a day when Thai top seeds Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the men's singles and Ratchanok Intanon in the women's singles also made the last eight.

There was also a pleasant surprise for Malaysia's 94th ranked Soon Joo Ven when he sent another European hope – Germany's second seeded Marc Zwiebler (ranked 19) with a straight sets 22-20, 21-9 win 33 minutes in a third round match.

The Malaysian youngster will now play Hong Kong's Lee Cheuk Yiu for a place in the semi-finals. Cheuk Yiu defeated Malaysian professional Daren Liew  21-15, 14-21, 21-14 in his third round match.

Tanongsak defeated compatriot and 16th seed Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-17, 21-16 to advance while third seed B. Sai Praneeth, winner of this year's Singapore Open dumped Malaysia's Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-13, 21-18.

Indonesia's fourth seed Jonatan Christie kept his country's flag flying with a 21-16, 21-9 win over Thai 15th seed Khosit Phetpradab while Kantaphon Wangcharoen outplayed Malaysian professional Chong Wei Feng 21-19, 21-18 for a place in the last eight.

In the women's singles former world champion and world No 1 Ratchanok was a three-set winner against Japan's Sayaka Takahashi – prevailing 24-22, 10-21, 21-18 in 68 minutes. Other Thai women who advanced were fifth seed Nitchaon Jindapol and sixth seed Pornpawee Chochuwong.

In the mixed doubles Thailand's top pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai brought more cheer to the home fans with an easy 21-10, 21-9 win over the scratch pair of Yogendran Khrishnan (Malaysia) and Prajakta Sawant (India).

RESULTS (Selected)

Men's singles (Third Round)
Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) beat Suppanyu Avinhingsanon (Tha) 21-17, 21-16
Soong Joo Ven (Mas) beat Marc Zwiebler (Ger) 22-20, 21-9
Jonatan Christie (Ina) beat Khosit Phetpradab (Tha) 21-16, 21-9
Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) beat Chong Wei Feng (Mas) 21-19, 21-8
B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) beat Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin (Mas) 21-13, 21-18
Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) beat Daren Liew (Mas) 21-15, 14-21, 21-14

Men's Doubles (Second Round)
Tinn Isriyante-Kittisak Namdash (Tha) beat Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) 18-21, 21-15, 21-19

Women's singles (Second Round)
Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) beat Sayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 24-22, 10-21, 21-18
Pornpawee Chochuwong (Tha) beat Ho Yen Mei (Mas) 21-18, 21-12
Nitchaon Jindapol (Tha) beat Sri Fatmawati (Ina) 21-18, 21-19

Mixed Doubles (Second Round)
Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) beat Yogendran Khrishnan-Prajakta Sawant (Mas/Ind) 21-10, 21-9
Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (Mas) beat Irfan Fadhilah-Weni Anggraini (Ina) 21-11, 18-21, 21-14
Han Chengkai-Chen Lu (Chn) beat Nipitphon Phuangphuapet-Jongkolphan Kititharakul (Tha) 14-21, 21-18, 21-19
 

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