Li Ning China Masters: Sapsiree Taerattanachai beats Kaori Imabeppu in Women’s Singles first round

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Li Ning China Masters: Sapsiree Taerattanachai beats Kaori Imabeppu in Women’s Singles first round
Thailand’s in-form shuttler Sapsiree Taerattanachai powered her way into Women’s Singles second round after putting up staggering show in first round encounter against Japan’s Kaori Imabeppu at Li Ning China Master Super Series 2012 in China, on Wednesday,
September 12.
The higher ranked Sapsiree, who is currently placed at number 34 in Women’s Singles world ranking, played at her best and overpowered her lower ranked Japanese opponent in straight games in a spectacular fashion.
Sapsiree was in remarkable form on court as she played positive and accurate shots all the way to send her Japanese opponent packing by finishing up the battle in straight sets with a dominating margin.
World Number 51 Imabeppu, in the meanwhile, played good badminton and showed a few glimpses of her impressive craft but she failed to maintain her focus on court and bowed down to her higher ranked Thai rival in 43 minutes.
Thai shuttler started her journey on court in a dominating manner as she played with precision and managed to take an early lead without facing any trouble.
The in-form Sapsiree was one class above her rival until the end of opening half when she was at 11-7.
After the mid-game break, Imabeppu tried to put up strong show against Sapsiree but failed as the Thai player controlled the pace of rallies with a wonderful ease.
In the ending points of opening set, Sapsiree remained calm and composed and managed to win the set with a 21-15 score on the board.
In the second set, Imabeppu also showed aggression from opening points and remained in commanding position this time as she spared no chance for Sapsiree to put up strong show.
Until the end of opening set, Sapsiree was trailing behind her lower ranked Japanese opponent until the mid-game interval.
After the break, Sapsiree changed her strategy and played impressive badminton at net. She levelled the score while remaining focused in the court.
Sapsiree showed her brilliance at the concluding stage of second set and she managed to end it up with a reasonable score of 21-17.
The impressive Thai shuttler won this Women’s Singles first round clash in 43 minutes with a 21-15 and 21-17 score on the board.



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