ISTAF SuperSeries Thailand and Myanmar to cross swords once again

Kim Heejin (20/26) fought valiantly for Korea, but Jeong Inseon (2/9 blocks) was fighting a losing battle at the net, and it was a surprise that Hyunju Kim was not introduced.

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Thailand and Myanmar to cross swords once again play

Thailand and Myanmar to cross swords once again

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Having lost in the semis in Nay Pyi Taw and Melaka, Myanmar’s women made it through to their first ISS final where they will meet the Thai team which defeated them in straight sets in the group stages.

In the opening semi-final, Thailand’s women wiped the floor with their far-east opposition just as their men’s team had done minutes earlier. Nipaporn (22/23) and Sudaporn (6/7) dominated from the circle, while Sasiwimol (14/15 spikes, two blocks) and Manlika (8/9) did likewise at the net.

Kim Heejin (20/26) fought valiantly for Korea, but Jeong Inseon (2/9 blocks) was fighting a losing battle at the net, and it was a surprise that Hyunju Kim was not introduced.

The second match was also one-sided, but that was due to circumstances beyond the reach of the teams involved. With Do Thi still unavailable through injury, Vietnam once again had to mix and match, and this time the double-striker/no feeder combo could not pull off another miracle.

Bui Thi tried to lead by example (24/29 from the circle), but at the net Vietnam were no match for Kay Zin Htut (21 spikes, five blocks). The yellows alternated between Hoang (15/22 spikes but only 2/9 blocks) and Nguyen (4/6 spikes, 2/4 blocks), but the telling statistic is that they managed just two saves between them, while Myanmar – with a genuine feeder in Nan Su Myat San – had eight in total.

The final will therefore see a rematch of the group game played on Wednesday between Thailand and Myanmar, which the hosts won in straight sets. They were however given a run for their money in the second, and of course Myanmar have twice taken sets off the Thais, and even defeated them in Melaka earlier this year.

The ISTAF SuperSeries tournament is organised by Asia Sports Ventures, exclusive long term commercial and developmental partner of the International Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF). This final leg of the ISTAF SuperSeries 2014/15 season sees the launch of a brand new website designed to cover the tournament in-depth: www.istafsuperseries.com.

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