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Thailand’s Men and Women Regu team with another ISTAF Super Series winner’s medal. (Photo: SSC)


Thailand prove
d once again that they are miles ahead of the competition after sweeping the Men’s and Women’s Regu titles for the third consecutive 2012 International Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF) Super Series tournament.

The world number one team was relatively untroubled on their path to another final appearance in the Singapore leg of the ISTAF Super Series, held from the 3
rd to 6th of May at ITE College East. 

 

Thailand’s Wanwisa Jankaen in action in the ISTAF Super Series women’s final against Vietnam. (Photo: UFA Sports)


In the women’s final, Thailand took the first two sets comfortably but were made to worry that momentum may have shifted when Vietnam led 13-11 in the third set. However, those nerves were quickly settled when tekong Wanwisa Jankaen was brought in.

Wanwisa showed her skills and inspired Thailand to a 15-9, 15-9, 15-13 victory.

In the men’s final, Thailand showed their dominance on the sport as they cruised to victory over Indonesia, a team who has shown throughout the tournament to be the closest challenger to the Thais.

The Indonesians however, were no match against the red-hot form of the Thais, especially setter Pattarapong Yupadee and striker Pornchai Kaokaew.

 

Thailand’s Pornchai Kaokaew (in blue) was a key player in his team ISTAF Super Series men’s final victory over Indonesia. (Photo: UFA Sports)


The Thai pair worked in synced throughout the match, treating the crowd to jaw-dropping and audacious spikes. Pattarapong closed the tournament in style, spiking a lay-off by Pornchai on match point. Thailand won 15-9, 15-8, 15-3.

The Singapore leg concluded on 6
th May with Indonesia finishing third in the women’s Regu ahead of Malaysia, while Korea took third place with India in fourth, in the men’s Regu.

The results meant that Korea would climb to third in the Men’s Super Series rankings, with Malaysia moving up two places to third in the Female’s Super Series rankings.

Host nation Singapore who received a bye to the quarterfinals was disappointing as they crashed out in their only match against India, losing three sets to one, 8-15, 15-11, 11-15, 12-15.

For more information on results, rankings and the Super Series, visit
http://www.sepaktakraw.org/