National team proves no match for Thailand in semi-finals of ISTAF SuperSeries THAILAND 2013/14
BANGKOK, (28 SEPTEMBER 2013): The national women’s team bowed out to hosts Thailand in the ISTAF SuperSeries THAILAND 2013/14 semi-finals, losing 3-0 in a one-sided match that lasted a little more than half an hour.
Coach Md. Fikri Md. Noor used all five of his players in an attempt to handle the top seeds, but bringing in first choice striker Rahilah Harun and reserve tekong Asumalin Rattana failed to stop the Thais from winning 15-5, 15-2, 15-5.
“We have yet to defeat Thailand in all our encounters, but our players put in a lot of effort today,” said Md. Fikri. “We will now focus on finishing third in the tournament, which is one better than our fourth place showing in the first SuperSeries 2013/14 leg in New Delhi earlier this month.”
Tomorrow’s final will pit Thailand against Korea, who defeated Vietnam 15-13, 15-11, 5-15, 15-8 in the other semi-final.
ISTAF SuperSeries THAILAND 2013/14
Malaysia bt China 2-0 (15-11, 16-14);
Korea bt Japan 2-0 (15-10, 15-9)
USA bt Iran 2-1 (8-15, 15-12, 15-12)
Thailand bt Singapore 2-0 (15-4, 15-8)
Thailand bt Malaysia 3-0 (15-5, 15-2, 15-5)
Korea bt Vietnam 3-1 (15-13, 15-11, 5-15, 15-8)
Fixtures (September 29)
Men’s semi-final: Thailand vs USA; Malaysia vs Korea
Women’s final: Thailand vs Korea
Women’s 3rd & 4th Placing: Malaysia vs Vietnam
More information on ISTAF SuperSeries THAILAND 2013/14
ISTAF SuperSeries THAILAND 2013/14 is the second round of ISTAF SuperSeries 2013/14. Alongside the ISTAF World Cup, the elite, internationally-recognised ISTAF SuperSeries is the only sepaktakraw tournament recognised by ISTAF and therefore plays a key role in deciding the official ISTAF World Rankings.
In both men’s and women’s competition, only the top two teams from each group advance to the play-off stage based on points accumulated. Unlike ISTAF SuperSeries INDIA, where each match was decided over five sets, group, play-off and quarter-final matches here will be decided in three sets over 15 points. The semi-finals, 3rd/4th placing and final matches will all be played over five sets.
ISTAF SuperSeries THAILAND 2013/14 will be televised on Thailand’s leading network Channel 3. Sports fans throughout the region will get to enjoy almost eight hours of live TV coverage, as well as selected matches featuring the Thai men’s and women’s teams.
All in all, ISTAF SuperSeries THAILAND 2013/14 will be watched by fans in 70 countries.
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