Udon Thani, Thailand, June 20, 2019 – Two Thailand duos – Yodsaphat Pakham/Chanthira Khanok and Pawarun Chanthawichai/Saranya Laesood – delighted their home fans with straight-set victories in the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships at Thung Si Mueang on Thursday.
Yodsaphat and Chanthira rolled to their second win in Pool H with a straight-set (21-12, 21-17) triumph against Chinese Taipei’s Kung Shih-Wen and Yeh Hsuan-Tsen, following their victory over Algeria on Tuesday.
“I’m glad we won this match but I had a lot of mistakes and I am not satisfied with my performance,” Yodsaphat said.
“We played a lot better yesterday,” Chanthira added. “We had a lot of mistakes today, but the two things that made us win this match is that we served and spiked well.”
Yodsaphat and Chanthira also commended the efforts of their compatriots Pawarun Chanthawichai and Saranya Laesood, who bounced back after losing their match on the first day of the main draw.
“We all play like a team,” Chanthira said. “For every match that we play in this tournament and for every match that we win, we stay happy and we cheer for each other.”
In the all-Southeast Asian clash between Thailand and Indonesia, Thai duo Pawarun and Saranya outplayed their rivals in straight sets (21-17, 21-10).
“I am very happy to win against Indonesia,” Pawarun said. “I made a lot of mistakes in the first set, but I made up for that and played better in the second set.”
“We lost yesterday and we said to ourselves that we have to do everything in the next match,” Saranya said. “I hope we can continue to play better in this tournament.”
Meanwhile, Mexico’s Silvia Emily Hedrick and Estefania Elizabeth Ibarra came up with their second win in Pool A at the expense of Germany’s Hanna Ziemer and Hanna-Marie Schieder 2-0 (21-18, 22-20), then Brazil’s Victoria Lopes Pereira and Vitoria De Souza reigned against their Moroccan rivals Marouha El Azhary and Siham Debbab 2-0 (21-5, 21-5) to lead Pool B with two victories.
Russia’s Mariia Bocharova and Maria Voronina earned their second win in the women’s main draw after dominating Mozambique’s Mercia Mucheza and Liocadia Manhica in straight sets (21-18, 21-10), while Canada’s Iris Fletcher and Abbey Thorup are back on the winning track with a straight-set (21-9, 21-12) triumph against Egypt’s Nada Hamdi Samir Mahmoud Hamdy and Malak Hatem Mahmoud Mohamed Semeda in Pool C.
Italy’s Chiara They and Reka Orsi Toth and Peru’s Lisbeth Allca and Medalyn Mendoza currently lead Pool E and Pool F, respectively, after winning their second match.
Pool leadership deciders are in order as Thailand’s Yodsaphat and Chanthira play China’s Cao Shuting and Dong Jie in Pool A, United States’ Isabelle Bauman/Teagan Defalco take on Argentina’s Brenda Ailen Churin/Victoria Pozzo Galdon in Pool D, Canada’s Monkhouse/Safar meet Switzerland’s Bobner/Betschart on Friday, June 21.
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