Heather Watson and Sorana Cirstea join PTT Pattaya Open
Two rising tennis stars, British No 1
Heather Watson and Romanian No1 Sorana Cirstea have confirmed their
participation in next month’s 2013 PTT Pattaya Open, WTA tennis tournament
at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya from 27 January – 3 February.
year old Heather Watson recently became the first British woman in 24 years
to win a WTA title, when she triumphed in Osaka in October. Her win took her
into the top 50 and she is looking forward to her 2nd trip to Pattaya. “I
love Pattaya as a tournament and as a city, the people are warm and
welcoming and I am really happy to be returning in 2013”.
Sorana Cirstea is a couple of years older than Watson and already has
accumulated 5 WTA titles. On her first visit to Pattaya this year reached
the semi-final before falling to Maria Kirilenko. She has continued her good
form throughout the year and finished the year ranked No 27 in the world.
Like Watson she is looking forward to returning to Pattaya. “This year was
my first time playing in Pattaya and it’s one of my favourite tournaments,
it’s such a different environment from the Australian Open where everyone is
stressed and then we got to this amazing place where everyone is so
welcoming. So I enjoyed my time here.”
Watson and Cirstea join a line-up
of star players including Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, Maria Kirilenko and
Vera Zvonareva of Russia and Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
With entries for the tournament not closing until 17 December, many more
leading tennis players are expected to join the PTT Pattaya Open which
is celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2013, making it one of the
longest running tournaments on the WTA calendar.
The 16-draw qualifying competition will be held on 27 – 28 January 2013,
with main draw matches commencing on 28 January with play starting from
15.00 daily, excepting the semi-finals on Saturday 02 February and the
finals on Sunday 03 February, when play begins at 16.00.
for the PTT Pattaya Open are on sale at 300, 500, 800 and 1,200 baht.
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The PTT Pattaya Open is supported by PTT Public Company Limited, Pattaya
City, Sports Authority of Thailand, Chonburi Province, Chang Drinking
Water, Peak Sporting Goods, Jetstar, Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya, Wilson
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Limited, T.P Link, Philips Lighting, Tez Tour and Bangkok Pattaya
Lamphun girls impress on debut
Girls Cricket teams; Petchabun in green, Lamphun
in red and winners Chiang Mai in blue.
The Sports Authority of Thailand Northern Qualifiers were held at Gymkhana
Club in Chiang Mai on the weekend of 27th and 28th October 2012. This was a
qualifying tournament for next year’s under-19 National Games which saw one
match played by the boys and three matches played by the girls.
An entertaining weekend’s cricket began with the boys from Petchabun and
Uttaradit meeting to decide the final qualifying place for the boys’
tournament with Chiang Mai already qualifying as defending champions.
Uttaradit posted a useful total of 96 for 7 in their 15 overs, Nattarat
Masiri making an unbeaten 21 and Supachai Promnam (3 for 16) impressing with
the ball, but Petchabun chased down the target to win by four wickets thanks
to MontriYoungrueng’s innings of 27 not out in which he hit five fours.
Three teams competed in the girls competition with Lamphun making their
debut in an official tournament and facing teams from Petchabun and Chiang
Mai to gain the final place in the National Games with Uttaradit having
already qualified as defending champions.
Lamphun faced Petchabun in the first match and there was great interest in
seeing how the new province would fare in their first competitive match.
Their girls have been practising hard at the nets recently constructed at
Muangwak School and all this training paid immediate dividends as they won
by eight wickets.
The young star of their victory was Gongwan Chairsong (Nok) who took two
wickets for just two runs in her three overs, then took over the
wicket-keeping duties as Petchabun were restricted to a total of 76 for 6 in
15 overs, opener Supaporn Khungthong batting through the innings for 22.
Nok’s work was not yet finished as she marched out to open the batting for
her team and she played a captain’s innings by scoring 26 from 26 balls and
she was out only when just seven runs were needed. Her team-mates only
contributed eight runs between them but Jinapat Chairton hit the winning
The tournament continued on Sunday with Chiang Mai playing Petchabun and the
home side proved too strong for their opponents, restricting them to a total
of 44 for 5 and then needing only 6.1 overs to record a nine-wicket victory.
The last match saw the two teams with one win apiece, Chiang Mai and
Lamphun, playing off for a place in the SAT National Games, and it was the
more experienced side which triumphed as they won by eight wickets.
But Lamphun are clearly a team to watch out for in the future and
particularly their captain Gongwan Chairsong who this time batted through
the innings after Lamphun were asked to bat for an unbeaten 16. Her
team-mates found batting much harder scoring only three runs between them in
a total of 48 for 4 as Prantip Suwanchontee took two wickets without
conceding a run in her 3 overs. Chiang Mai were never under pressure as they
needed only seven overs to record victory, although Nok still had the energy
left to return figures of 3-0-14-1 to stake her claim to be player of the
An enjoyable weekend of cricket saw Petchabun boys and Chiang Mai girls book
their places in next year’s SAT Under-19 National Games but the highlight
for most at Gymkhana Club was to see the emergence of a new cricketing
province, Lamphun. Many of their players have only been playing hard ball
cricket for four months but they have already made considerable progress and
Gongwan Chairsong is clearly a name to watch out for.
League lift off for Lanna
Chiang Mai Lanna CC win the first league
match of the season
The new four
team cricket league in Chiang Mai got off to a good start at the Chiengmai
Gymkhana Club on November 4, 2012.
Months of planning has gone into
setting up a new four team league in Chiang Mai involving two adult sides
and two junior sides, so it was fitting that the opening fixture played at
Gymkhana Club was a contest full of runs with Gymkhana Juniors more than
holding their own against the seniors from Chiang Mai Lanna.
The morning had already seen a 15-over junior match in which the Under-16s
from Mae-On overcame those from Lamphun so Thai youngsters from three
different teams were playing cricket for more than eight hours at Gymkhana
Club on Sunday which is something to be proud about.
Gymkhana Juniors won the toss and elected to field first and Chiang Mai
Lanna got off to a great start thanks to openers Nick Kirby and Ryan Sherman
whose partnership reached had 98 when Sherman was required to retire on
reaching a fluent fifty with a six and 7 fours.
Lanna’s first wicket did not fall until the score had reached 138 when Kirby
was dismissed for 37 but the juniors fought their way back into the match by
restricting their senior opponents to a total of 222 for six in 30 overs.
With two players in Bangkok for a national camp the young Thai side was
re-inforced by Eddie Joyner who contributed three wickets for 48 runs as
well as providing all his experience in the field as Choo and Chanchai
returned tidy figures with the ball.
Choo then showed what a promising player he was by opening the batting and
making 34 to lead the chase. Formot was run out early, but Chanchai and Cher
both passed the 20-mark to confirm reports that they are both promising
The surprise package for the juniors was Dang who had already bowled with
pace in his first ever match against the seniors. He showed no fear when he
came in at 83 for 3 and while he was at the crease a surprise victory was
very much on the cards as he hit the ball firmly through the leg-side field
to show he had a very good eye for such a new cricketer.
The seniors from Lanna showed the virtue of bowling straight as they hit the
stumps for four consecutive wickets but the match was very much still alive
until the final over as captain Pete Warner rotated no fewer than eight
bowlers so everyone had their chance with bat or ball during an entertaining
A total of 429 runs were scored in 60 action-packed overs during the
afternoon and spectators appreciated the quality of cricket that was served
up by young and old alike.
Chiang Mai Lanna could be pleased with their victory by 17 runs with Ryan
Sherman looking a class act with the bat but the youngsters pushed the
seniors to the limit with some very tidy seam bowling and some fearless
hitting with the bat. It was just the start to the new league that everyone
involved was hoping for.
Chiang Mai ready for
the National Games
Deputy Governor Ritthipong
Techaphan announces the opening ceremony schedule for the National Games to
be held on December 9 at 6 p.m. at the 700 Year Stadium.
Chiang Mai will be hosting the 41st annual National Games from December
9-19, 2012 and the 31st National Disabled Games from January 15-19, 2013.
Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techaphan announced the city’s readiness for the
Games that will be held at 700 Year Stadium and other venues around town.
The opening ceremony will be presided over by Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra and will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 6 p.m. at 700
Year Stadium and broadcast live on TV and radio nationally.
The city has prepared a grand opening ceremony for the Prime Minister and
visiting athletes with 8 lavish Lanna performances scheduled.
The Deputy Governor invited Chiang Mai people to join the festivities at the
700 Year Stadium and to show the hospitality and friendliness that Chiang
Mai is famous for.
Chiang Mai FC draws
two matches at home
Fans filled the 700 Year Stadium to watch Chiang
Mai FC play to a draw.
Chiang Mai FC or the Lanna Tigers played to a draw in their second match in
the AIS Regional League Champions League against Trat FC on November 3, 2012
in a hard fought game. However, due to a referee error the committee agreed
to a re-match.
The referee blew his whistle to star the match even though the coach and
other players were still on the field, Chiang Mai FC was leading 2-1 at the
time. The Chiang Mai FC management sent a letter of protest to the
Organizing Committee asking for a re-match, however the date for the game
has not yet been set.
In number 4 Chiang Mai FC took on 3rd placed Rayong FC at home. In the 44th
minute Chiang Mai FC was left with ten men when Wichitnam Kroytong was given
a red card. The hard fought game ended up in a 0-0 draw.