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.
“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.”
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.
In the Thomas Cup, Chinese Taipei and India confirmed their quarterfinal berths from Group C by brushing aside Germany and Canada 5-0 respectively.