Benyapa and Nuntakarn Aimsaard are aiming high after helping Thailand secure their knockout stage spot by coming up with the third point that mattered in their Uber Cup battle with Malaysia.
Victory took the Thais, semifinalists at the previous edition in Aarhus, Denmark last year, to the top of their group, meaning the tie against Denmark tomorrow will determine who wins Group C. The Danes are second after cruising past Egypt 5-0.
The Aimsaards are bullish ahead of the duel after dominating from start to finish to take the second women’s doubles match against Valeree Siow/Teoh Mei Xing 21-9 21-14 in 32 minutes.
“We are quite confident of beating Denmark but the big dream is to make the final,” said Nuntakarn, at 22, the older of the two. “We will discuss the right tactics with our coaches to make this a reality.”
Women’s singles stars Ratchanok Intanon and Pornpawee Chochuwong had given the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2022 hosts a 2-1 lead by the time the siblings took to court.
Benyapa, 19, said: “We were fired up by support from the fans and our teammates, it gave us real confidence to finish the job.
“Being sisters is an advantage because we always talk and keep each other’s spirits up. It makes things easier on court.”
Earlier, Intanon picked up a hard-fought 14-21 21-14 21-15 victory over a seemingly resurgent Goh Jin Wei.
Women’s pair Tan Pearly/Thinaah Muralitharan beat Rawinda Prajongjai/Jongkolphan Kititharakul 16-21 21-19 21-17 to pull Malaysia level before Chochuwong defeated 19-year-old Myisha Mohd Khairul 22-20 21-10.
Busanan Ongbamrungphan then secured the home team a comfortable 4-1 result by thrashing Tan Zhing Yi 21-19 21-6.
In the Thomas Cup, Chinese Taipei and India confirmed their quarterfinal berths from Group C by brushing aside Germany and Canada 5-0 respectively.