SEA Games: Thais retain women's doubles takraw gold after downing Myanmar 2-0

Thailand's Masaya Duangsri (left) and Myanmar's Wai Khin Hnin (centre) in action, as Thailand's Somruedee Pruepruk (right) watches, during the sepak takraw women's doubles finals. Thailand retained their SEA Games sepak takraw gold medal in the
Thailand's Masaya Duangsri (left) and Myanmar's Wai Khin Hnin (centre) in action, as Thailand's Somruedee Pruepruk (right) watches, during the sepak takraw women's doubles finals. Thailand retained their SEA Games sepak takraw gold medal in the women's doubles on Monday, June 15, 2015, after beating Myanmar 2-0. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Thailand retained their SEA Games sepak takraw gold medal in the women's doubles on Monday after beating Myanmar 2-0.

Laos and Vietnam left with joint-bronzes.

 The Thai duo of Somruedee Pruepruk and Masaya Duangsri maintained a steady lead throughout their two sets and won 21-14, 21-10.

Said Thailand's Masaya: "It was quite an easy match. Our coach did not tell us much before the match, other than going in without pressure and focusing on playing well."

 But it was a close fight between Myanmar and Philippines in the men's doubles. After three heated rounds, Myanmar emerged victorious and clinched the gold medal with a 2-1 win. Laos and Singapore won bronzes after finishing joint-third.

 In the first set, the Philippines' Jason Huerte and Rheyjey Ortouste beat Myanmar's Swe Aung Myo and Latt Zaw 22-20. Myanmar surged back to claim the second set 21-13.

The third set was a see-saw affair, with the Philippines gaining the initial lead before Myanmar tied it at 12-12. Myanmar eventually emerged out of the deadlock to win 21- 16, striking gold with a decisive drop kick from Latt Zaw.

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