Thailand Masters: Treesa-Gayatri Emerge Victorious; Ashmita Chaliha Secures R16 Berth After Defeating Pai Yu

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India’s Ashmita Chaliha recently pulled off a massive upset in the 2024 Thailand Masters Super 300 by prevailing over Chinese Taipei’s World No. 30 Pai Yu Po.

Ashmita Chaliha defeats Pai Yu Po

Chaliha, who is ranked 61st in the world, was triumphant 21-12, 15-21, 21-17 against the Chinese Taipei star.

Meanwhile, the women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand won the all-India contest. Treesa-Gayatri returned with a straight games 21-15, 24-22 win over Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto.

Treesa-Gayatri, suffered a loss to Ponnappa and Crasto at the Syed Modi India International Challenge last year and kicked off the game well as they attained an 11-5 lead in the first game.

The world No. 21 pair of Crasto and Ponnappa put on a brave fightback post the mid-game interval, but eventually relinquished the first game 21-15.

The second game also got off to a one-sided start as Crasto and Ponnappa opened up an 11-5 lead. Treesa-Gayatri, ranked 22nd in the world, did fight back well, but found themselves five game points down at 15-20.

The two-time All-England semi-finalists managed to put the game on level pegging at 20-20, before Crasto and Ponnappa bettered their opponents yet again.

Their opponents fumbled seven game points and Treesa-Gayatri needed just one match point to advance to the quarter-finals.

On the other hand, Men’s singles shuttler Mithun Manjunath also emerged victorious. Manjuthan put in the hard work to clinch 21-9, 13-21, 21-17 win over the experienced Kidambi Srikanth.

Meanwhile, the 2022 Junior World Championships silver medallist Sankar Muthusamy endured a defeat to Lin Chun-Yi of Chinese Taipei 9-21, 11-21 to bow out in the pre-quarterfinals.