The semifinal tie between Busanan Ongbamrungphan and Pornpawee Chochuwong today at the Orleans Masters will be more than just a showdown of prestige. Whoever wins the match will displace the other in the Race to Tokyo qualification rankings.
If Ongbamrungphan wins, she gets to keep her Olympic ticket. If Chochuwong wins, she will take Ongbamrungphan’s ticket. Ongbamrungphan is at 12th rank while Chochuwong is at 13th. The two Thai players are only 638 points adrift; a guaranteed ranking points of 4680 for the finalist is at stake.
Chochuwong won their last meeting at the Barcelona Spain Masters last year. Who will win it today?