Asian women dominate in Satun qualification round
Chinese Taipei’s Kou Nai-Han and Liu Pi Hsin endured two tough three-setters to make it to the main draw of the SMM Pak Bara Beach Satun 1-star
Kou N.H/Liu P.H. fought down to the wire to win against Russia’s Ekaterina Filina and Ksenia Dabizha 2-1 (17-21, 21-17, 16-14) and the Czech Republic’s Sara Olivova and Eliksa Davidova 2-1 (24-22, 18-21, 27-25), respectively.
After a convincing straight-set win in the first round of qualifications, Japan’s Yukako Suzuki/Saho Sakaguchi and Yui Nagata/Minori Kumada displayed resilience in their next match with respective 2-1 (21-15, 23-25, 15-11) and 2-1 (16-21, 21-12, 16-14) victories over European sides.
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Spain’s Paula Soria Gutierrez and Maria Belen Carro Marquez de Acuna survived as the remaining European contenders in the qualification round, following their 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) win over Hong Kong’s Ting Chi Yuen and Wai Yan Au Yeung.
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