Aussies and Thai split men and women crown in Indonesia Palembang Open
Palembang, Indonesia, April 22, 2013 – Australian Sam Boehm and Cole Durant and Radarong Varapatsorn and Udomchavee Tanaratha from Thailand grabbed the men’s and women’s gold medal respectively at the South Sumatra Governor's Cup Palembang Open, the third leg of the 2013 AVC Beach Tour here on Monday.
In the men’s final, Powerful Sam Boehm and Cole Durant took only 36 minutes to thrash host pair Andy Ardiansyah and Dian Putra Santosa in straight sets 21-13, 21-15 to capture the men's crown.
To the Australians, the final round match was not as tough as the semi-finals, where they took on New Zealand's Ben O'Dea and Jason Lochhead and had to rally from the first set down to beat their rivals in three sets 19-21, 26-24, 15-13.
"It does not mean that the Indonesians are bad. They just did not play their best. Perhaps it's because of the pressure put on them," said Boehm, who hopes to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics with Durant.
Dian said after the game "We never thought we could clinch a berth in the final and face a tough pair like the Australians. Aside from being taller, they were so much better in many ways — blocking, defense, strokes, unexpectedly getting into the finals put them under intense pressure to win.
The third place match saw New Zealand's Sam O'Dea and Brandon Heath defeat fellow countrymen Ben and Jason, 13-21, 21-13, 17-15.
In the women's event, Thailand 2's Radarong Varapatsorn and Udomchavee Tanaratha defeated Japanese pair SEIKO/CHIYO 21-14, 21-12 in the semi-finals. The Thai pairing continued their unbeatable form in the thrilling showdown against Australian 1’s duo Jessyka Ngauamo and Mariafe Arfacho, whom they beat 21-18, 18-21, 15-11 to underline their supremacy over the Asian Open here.
The Australian pair entered the finals after pulling off a stunning 8-21, 21-19, 15-12 victory over their compatriots Jordan and Justine Mowen.
"We did not expect a title in this tournament because they are our second-tier players. We just hoped they would play their best. So the victory is a great achievement," Thailand Team Coach Petcharat Putsorn said..
The bronze medal went to Japanese , who defeated Jordan and Justine Mowen 2-1 (21-15, 16-21, 15-10).