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Jongkolphan, Rawinda stun No.1 duo

Thai women’s doubles duo Rawinda Prajongjai (left) and Jongkolphan Kititharakul.

Women’s doubles duo Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai claimed probably the biggest win of their career when they upset Chinese world No.1 Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifang 21-19, 21-15 in the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Open on Friday.

It is the Thais’ first victory over Chen and Jia, who have won the world title twice and were runners-up at last year’s Olympics, in 13 meetings.

Jongkolphan and Rawinda are the only Thais remaining in the US$1.2 million event in Jakarta.

The seventh-seeded Thai pair will meet sixth seeds Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida in Saturday’s semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament.

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