IO – The mixed doubles pair from Thailand , Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai, became the strongest and best in Bali. They completely dominated a series of three tournaments at the Indonesia Badminton Festival 2021 at the Bali International Convention Center & Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali, Sunday 5 December. They carved a hat trick a.k.a. three times in a row.
After winning titles at the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters and SimInvest Indonesia Open, the mixed doubles, also known as Bass/Popor, won the USD 1.5 million HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2021 by defeating the Japanese, Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino with a score of 21-19, 21-11 in 40 minutes.
The success of Bass/Poor is the second time in a row at the BWF World Tour Finals. Previously, they won this event at the 2020 event which was just held in Bangkok, earlier this year.
“We are very happy to win here. It’s a great feeling and it’s hard to express,” said Bass after playing. “This victory is the result of our hard work and the coach. Everything makes us believe to compete and win,” added Popor.
When competing, Bass admits that the opponent is easy to attack and tries to avoid pressure. “The key is we pressed early and the opponent was late to turn things around,” said Bass.
According to him, Yuta and Arisa tried to put up a fight but it was anticipated. “We had lost focus in the early game, but quickly anticipated,” he added.
Talking about the key to the Thai pair’s victory, Popor said that the preparations had been going on for a long time. “We made preparations three months ago. To be successful in Bali, we only did stretching, physical recovery, and doing regular exercises,” said Popor.
He also admitted that competing for three weeks in Bali was a new experience and certainly fun. “We are happy to be here. Compete and become champions at the same time feel the atmosphere of Bali.” (rp)