周天成,那个赢到最后的人! —— 印度尼西亚公开赛:决赛

2019BLIBLI印度尼西亚公开赛完成了一场史诗般的决赛,在91分钟的比赛中周天成战胜了安德斯·安东森

虽然在前几轮消耗极大,但周天成仍然具有充足的体力。

周天成在比赛中有过硬的表现,赢得了连续第四场打满三局的比赛,每一场都超过了1小时15分钟。这个冠军也是他职业生涯至今的巅峰时刻,他首个世界巡回赛超级1000赛的冠军出自一场最富戏剧性的比赛。

安东森在晋级决赛前一路打得顺风顺水。周天成的前四场比赛每场平均用时66分钟,安东森的晋级过程更加轻松,其中三场比赛都是直落两局取胜,第二轮对阵石宇奇的比赛只进行了12分钟,他的对手就因为脚踝扭伤退赛。

此外,丹麦人也在几个月前在同一个球场中成就了个人分量最重的一个冠军,他在决赛中战胜了世界第一桃田贤斗

在这样的背景下,没有人能预料到剧情的发展。

比赛进程

周天成在比赛伊始就给了安东森很大的压力,迫使他打得略显保守。第一局的后期,姗姗来迟的反击才让丹麦人逐渐缩小了与对手的差距。他一度在连续12分中拿下10分,打得对手喘不过气来,关键时刻4号种子拿到了价值连城的分数,赢下了首局。

比赛继续进行,观众也更加投入,尽情的为每一分呐喊。周天成避免让第一局的情况重演,他把对手限制在球网附近,让自己处于有利的位置,几乎赢得了两人在前场斗法中的全部比分。安东森在这一局中审慎的对待进攻,杀球也非常精准。从15平开始,两人的比分交替攀升,直到重新回到均势。

安东森此后四次浪费局点,最后在挽救了一个赛点后,在自己的第五个局点上赢下了第二局的胜利。

如果有人怀疑周天成是否有能力继续赢得马拉松之战,他完全可以放一个百个心。中华台北人的能量和斗志都是满格。他再一次在网前斗法的过程中完胜了安东森,他也有充足的体能去高高跃起杀球。比赛的最后,他牢牢地把握着领先优势,最后一分结束后他躺倒在球场上,对手安东森也以这样的动作致敬这场比赛,两人都在这场大战中倾尽了全力。

互相尊重

“他真的很擅长把自己的风格混搭在一起,跟他比赛并不容易。在这个级别中,当你跟周天成这样的球员比赛,你需要一直保持高竞技水平。我们都很累。当他躺下的时候(在最后一分之后),我也想躺下,我需要睡觉。”安东森说道。

赛后,安东森和周天成都躺倒在地上。

赛后点评

周天成努力用语言表达他取得的巨大成就。

“这太神奇了,我居然做到了。我只是尽量保持我的态度,因为你不能控制结果。我告诉所有人我是怎么做到的,我是如何控制自己的。我尽量把每一个球都回给对手,安东森也是一个很棒的球员,希望我们能再次在比赛中相遇。”

“这说明我进步了,我现在29岁,但是我仍然可以进步,我能做到真的太不可思议了。”

“我只是想快点结束,这是我打得最长的比赛,心理上我现在取得了长足的进步。”

你知道吗?

印度尼西亚公开赛的冠军是周天成职业生涯最重要的头衔,此前他在法国公开赛、新加坡公开赛、韩国公开赛都赢得过冠军。

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Attack was the order of the day in the all-Indonesian men’s doubles final between Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan at the BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019.

In a rapid-fire contest which lasted just 28 minutes, the pairings, affectionately known as the Minions and the Daddies, whipped the home crowd – still abuzz from the extraordinary men’s singles final just minutes before – into a delirious frenzy.

Love on both sides of the net.

As It Happened

Gideon and Sukamuljo romped home to a 21-19 21-16 result in the first all-Indonesian men’s doubles final at the Istora since 2005.

It is a venue they have made their own in recent times, claiming the Indonesia Master-Indonesia Open double for the last two seasons.

The Daddies kept up to speed with the younger Minions for much of the first game, going point-for-point until 17-17.

But the ferociousness of Sukamuljo at the net was hard to keep out for extended periods and eventually he and Gideon drew clear to take the first 21-19.

From there it was always likely that the world No. 1’s would wrap in up in straight games.

The light-footed duo buzzed around the court with unrivalled energy to bring to close the 2019 Indonesia Open in fitting style for the Jakarta faithful.

“Today they were much faster than us,” said Setiawan.

“We gave our best to fight with Kevin and Marcus but we didn’t have the pace to keep going.”

Gideon summed up the performance: “In the first game there was a lot of pressure. We were lucky to hit the shuttle at the right positions at the right moment.

“Overall, we played very well. We have worked really hard the last two to three months so it’s good to see the training has paid off.”

For Ahsan and Setiawan, it continues their strong season after claiming the All England Open in March.

“The semifinal was our main realistic target so we were really happy to be in the final. Even though we didn’t win, we are still very proud to be here today,” said Setiawan.

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Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

The undisputed King and Queen of mixed doubles Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong clinched a third Super 1000 title to add to their growing list of achievements with a convincing 21-13 21-18 win over second seeds and teammates Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping.

The world No.1’s never faltered en route to their fourth title of the HSBC BWF World Tour season; and in the process completed the Indonesia Masters-BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 double.

“We are very happy to win. We have come to Indonesia twice this year for two wins,” said a delighted Huang.

As It Happened

Prior to today, they had dropped just one match against their compatriots and that never looked like changing as they raced through the first game 21-13.

Wang and Huang put up more of a fight in the second and led 9-6 early, but post-match confessed they simply weren’t up to it to defeat the formidable Zheng and Huang.

“We really wanted to win today but we weren’t good enough and did not prepare well enough for the match.”

The reigning HSBC BWF World Tour Finals champions now have 29 wins from 31 matches in 2019. Their only mishaps coming at the Singapore Open and Asian Championships.

Today it seemed they were capable of anything. At 16-11 in first, Huang single-handedly won the point herself – while lying down.

Zheng said afterward: “We had not previously won this title. So, we’re grateful to be able to win another Super 1000 event. The atmosphere inside the Istora was very lively and this motivated us more.

“Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir were always so good here at their home event. It’s a big achievement to come to the Istora and finally win here after missing out in the last two years,” he said.

Talking Point

Ever the perfectionist, Huang told Indonesian media: “It was so loud inside the Istora that sometimes we could not hear the shuttle being hit. Maybe that is something we can improve so that if there is a lot of cheering happening, we can still hear the sound of the shuttle on the racket.”

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29 January 2018

Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Dane Anders Antonsen has the chance to join rarefied air in claiming the Indonesia Masters and BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 in the same year after claiming his semifinal against Wong Wing Ki Vincent on Saturday night.

The match was played in great spirit between the pair.

Antonsen, who stunned Kento Momota in the Masters final in January, continued his strong form of late with a 21-17 21-11 win over the unseeded Hong Kong player.

It comes off the back of his European Games gold medal in Minsk in June that saw him enter the top 10 in the men’s singles world rankings for the first time.

Antonsen was ecstatic with the result and the prospect of a first Super 1000 title. “I feel extremely good. I’m super happy with my performance.

“He [Wong] played a good game. It’s the first time we played each other and I struggled to figure him out in the beginning. But after I got the first game under my belt I then felt I played better,” he said.

As for tomorrow’s final? “I’m just going to enjoy this moment a little. Back-to-back finals at the Istora Gelora [Bung Karno] is unbelievable.

“I feel good. I was happy to play two games yesterday and today, and I think he [Chou Tien Chen] has played some tough matches. So, it will be exciting to see what happens.”

It was not all bad news for Wong. Earlier in the day, he received the news he had been elevated into the main draw of the Japan Open, replacing the injured Shi Yu Qi.

Fascinating Battle

Antonsen takes on Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen who will also be eyeing his maiden Super 1000 crown after outlasting an impressive Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-19 18-21 21-16 in their semifinal.

What could have been for Wangcharoen!

The match will likely be viewed with greater significance down the track as both players came of age in an intense affair.

Having threatened to produce a performance of this kind over the last few seasons, Wangcharoen stepped it up another gear to push Chou all the way.

It may have been a different story had he not been faulted for a net tap at 14-16 down in the decider. It proved to be a contentious decision, as the Thai was on a roll and had momentum on his side.

Regardless, his achievements are certainly a boost to Thai badminton with the 20-year-old on the cusp of great things with this his best result in a fledgling career.

It’s also a significant stride for Chou who this week has had to endure a torrid draw – as pointed out by Antonsen.

Hour-plus long slogs against Lin Dan and Jonatan Christie certainly conditioned him for the semifinal as he eventually withstood the second and third game surges from Wangcharoen.

Chou also clearly loves playing at the Istora in Jakarta – the scene of his silver medal at the Asian Games last year – and it would be no surprise to see him climb the summit to a career-high achievement against the Dane.

It will just be a matter of his fitness.

China Dominate Malaysia in Mixed

It was always going to be a tough ask, but Malaysia’s mixed doubles pairs can hold their heads high after falling at the second to last hurdle against the might of China’s top two seeds.

World No. 2 pair Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping were too good for Olympic silver medallists Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying 21-13 22-20.

The formidable Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong then repeated the dose with a 21-12 21-15 victory over Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing.

The Equation

As for the final, Zheng and Huang hold an 8-1 head-to-head record over their compatriots.

Did You Know?

All three doubles finals will be contested by the same nations. It’s an all-Japan final in the women’s doubles, all-Indonesia in the men’s doubles and all-China in the mixed.

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Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

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‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

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Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

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Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

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Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

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Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

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Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

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First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

16 July 2019
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Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

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Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

6 July 2018
Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

5 July 2018
Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

4 July 2018
China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

3 July 2018
Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

2 July 2018
Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

29 January 2018

Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Pusarla V. Sindhu progressed to her first final of 2019 with an impressive 21-19 21-11 win over second seed Chen Yu Fei of China at the BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 on Saturday.

A welcome return to form for Pusarla V. Sindhu.

It was the Sindhu of old as she dominated the net and frequently caused errors from Chen’s racket to rattle the reigning All England Open champion.

To see her in full flight was a welcome sight for up until today it had been somewhat of a sluggish season for the Indian No. 1.

Three semifinals from seven tournaments for just one final was not what fans had expected following her success at the inaugural HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou last December.

Many had identified her multi-million-dollar equipment change from Yonex to Li-Ning at the start of the year as a potential reason for her lapse.

But one should have known it was only going to be temporary as Pusarla is simply too good to be left on the sidelines. It now shapes as a fascinating build-up to the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games among the women’s singles contenders.

Pusarla said afterward: “Ups and downs are always there. I have learned from my mistakes and have come back much stronger.

“It is the first final this year so I hope I don’t miss out on the opportunity to get the gold.

“It is equally important that you keep yourself fit as well as perform at the tournaments. If you do that you will automatically play well.

“There’s only one year to the Olympics so every tournament is equally important but for me, it’s just about taking it step by step.”

The opening exchanges were played at a frantic pace with Chen jumping out to an 8-4 lead. To be fair to Chen, the opening game could have gone either way as twice she established a considerable margin at 8-4 and 18-14 only for Pusarla to reign her back in.

What ultimately proved to be the difference was Pusarla’s domination at the net. Her continued presence and nagging defence forced Chen to reach for the lines.

It was a ploy she could not sustain as she subsequently surrendered the opening game to the Olympic silver medallist via a series of errors.

Thoughts of a comeback were on the cards as Chen jumped out to 4-0 lead. But when Pusarla recovered to draw level at 5-5 and then broke out to a 9-5 lead, the contest was as good as over.

A gleeful Pusarla was clearly ecstatic with her season-best performance.

“I’m really happy with my performance.

“The points at the end of the first game were very important to me. Even though I was trailing I did not think it was over. It was 19-19 and I was very much ready for every point.

“It was definitely an advantage for me to take the first game. In the second game it was then pretty easy,” she said.

Pusarla faces long-time rival Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles final. The 24-year-old holds a 10-4 head-to-head record over the Japanese.

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Olympic and Paralympic News

Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
Wangcharoen Causes Ripples With Cool-Headed Display

Wangcharoen Causes Ripples With Cool-Headed Display

19 July 2019
‘Daddies’ Prove Elusive to Germans Once Again

‘Daddies’ Prove Elusive to Germans Once Again

19 July 2019
Kim & Kong Storm into Quarters – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Kim & Kong Storm into Quarters – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Devasting Blow for Shi Yu Qi – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Devasting Blow for Shi Yu Qi – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Below-Par Momota Crashes Out – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Below-Par Momota Crashes Out – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Chou Prevails in Epic – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Chou Prevails in Epic – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

17 July 2019
Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

17 July 2019
Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

16 July 2019
First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

16 July 2019
Axelsen Out of Action Indefinitely

Axelsen Out of Action Indefinitely

12 July 2019
National Heroes! – Doubles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

National Heroes! – Doubles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

7 July 2018
Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

6 July 2018
Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

5 July 2018
Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

4 July 2018
China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

3 July 2018
Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

2 July 2018
Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

29 January 2018

‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

It will be the ‘Daddies’ versus the ‘Minions’ at the BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 tomorrow – the first time since 2005 that the event is seeing an all-Indonesian men’s doubles final.

So near and yet so far for Takuro Hoki (right) and Yugo Kobayashi against the ‘Daddies’.

Back in 2005, one of the Daddies – Hendra Setiawan – had partnered Markis Kido to victory over Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto. Tomorrow he will once relive an all-Indonesian final, albeit with a different partner and against different opponents.

The contrast between the two semifinal victories couldn’t have been starker. The Minions – Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo – were electric on court as they destroyed Li Jun Hui and Liu Yuchen 21-9 21-13 – making barely a mistake in the process.

Match of the Day

In contrast, Ahsan and Setiawan nearly made a hash of their semifinal against Japan’s Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi. The Japanese, bustling with confidence, had established their early dominance with the Indonesians unable to penetrate their defence and making numerous errors up front.

Ahsan and Setiawan did well to recover, falling back on their skills in the drive game to manoeuvre their opponents off position. A lovely caress at the net by Setiawan gave the Indonesians three game points. He blew one by serving into the net – something that would haunt them in the decider.

Ahsan and Setiawan had found their touch, and with a 12-8 lead, had the breathing space they needed. But, much the same way as in their quarterfinal, the Daddies turned raggedy; Setiawan had a horrendous time while serving, sending many of his serves into the net; Ahsan was just as profligate, blowing several winners to the collective groan of the crowd.

Still, the Indonesians had just about enough in reserve to stay ahead at the death and make their way into the final on the 57th minute: 17-21 21-19 21-17.

Talking Point

“We didn’t serve well and there’s nothing I can say about that,” said Setiawan. “The situation on the court wasn’t good. Luckily, we could overcome that that; there was a lot of pressure and a lot of responsibility.”

“Our opponents played well and didn’t let us off. They pressed in the first game and we had to change the playing pattern; we had to take the initiative and not wait like we did earlier,” added Ahsan.

Other Results

  • Women’s Doubles will be an all-Japanese affair tomorrow. Third seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi survived a hard-hitting spell from Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan, 17-21 21-14 21-15.
  • Second seeds Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota had it easier against Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan in the other semifinal, 21-14 21-12.
  • Women’s singles two-time champion Tai Tzu Ying, afflicted with body pain, went down in just 32 minutes to Akane Yamaguchi, 21-9 21-15.

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Olympic and Paralympic News

Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
Wangcharoen Causes Ripples With Cool-Headed Display

Wangcharoen Causes Ripples With Cool-Headed Display

19 July 2019
‘Daddies’ Prove Elusive to Germans Once Again

‘Daddies’ Prove Elusive to Germans Once Again

19 July 2019
Kim & Kong Storm into Quarters – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Kim & Kong Storm into Quarters – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Devasting Blow for Shi Yu Qi – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Devasting Blow for Shi Yu Qi – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Below-Par Momota Crashes Out – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Below-Par Momota Crashes Out – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Chou Prevails in Epic – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Chou Prevails in Epic – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

17 July 2019
Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

17 July 2019
Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

16 July 2019
First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

16 July 2019
Axelsen Out of Action Indefinitely

Axelsen Out of Action Indefinitely

12 July 2019
National Heroes! – Doubles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

National Heroes! – Doubles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

7 July 2018
Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

6 July 2018
Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

5 July 2018
Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

4 July 2018
China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

3 July 2018
Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

2 July 2018
Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

29 January 2018

Wangcharoen Causes Ripples With Cool-Headed Display

The Thai has troubled his opponents with his speed and attacking play.

Kantaphon Wangcharoen achieved his first major semifinal today, beating China’s Huang Yu Xiang in the quarterfinals of the BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019.

It was the latest high point in the nascent career of the 20-year-old, who went a step further than he had at this event last year.

As with his first round slugfest against Kanta Tsuneyama, or his second round defeat of local favourite Anthony Ginting, Wangcharoen once again displayed his sharp attacking abilities, while keeping calm when Huang drew close at 17-18 in the second. The 20-year-old Thai quickly closed it out from there, 21-10 21-17.

“I’m very excited because this was the quarterfinals. I’m really happy with my performance today as I’m in my first major semifinal,” said the soft-spoken Thai, who has been the story of the Indonesia Open so far.

The Thai served notice of his potential two years ago, making the final of the Thailand Masters. Since then, he has constantly promised to achieve his big breakthrough. He was one of the surprise qualifiers to the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018, thanks to consistent performances through the season, which included a semifinal at the Swiss Open and quarterfinals at the Indonesia Open and French Open.

His confident show through the first three days prompted his coach Agus Dwi Santoso to say there were “no limits” to what his trainee could achieve.

“In terms of talent, he’s one of the best I’ve worked with,” said the Indonesia-born Santoso, who has worked with several top performers, including Hendrawan, Heryanto Arbi and Marleve Mainaky. “There are no limits to how far he can go. If he can keep thinking and stay happy with badminton, there are no limits.

Thailand coach Agus Dwi Santoso (right) believes there are “no limits” to what Wangcharoen can achieve.

“He’s not purely an attacking player now like he used to be. I had to work on improving his skill in stroke-play. He’s got a good attack because he has speed, and not every player has that explosive power.

“His main quality is he’s a hard worker. Now he’s improving in his stroke-play, earlier it was all about attack and speed. Now he can think about strokes, about control and patience. You need to know when to use attack, when to use control. He’s still improving. He’s following the programme and obeying us coaches, and he’s quite disciplined.”

Olympic and Paralympic News

Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
‘Daddies’ Prove Elusive to Germans Once Again

‘Daddies’ Prove Elusive to Germans Once Again

19 July 2019
Kim & Kong Storm into Quarters – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Kim & Kong Storm into Quarters – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Devasting Blow for Shi Yu Qi – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Devasting Blow for Shi Yu Qi – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Below-Par Momota Crashes Out – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Below-Par Momota Crashes Out – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Chou Prevails in Epic – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Chou Prevails in Epic – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

17 July 2019
Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

17 July 2019
Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

16 July 2019
First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

16 July 2019
Axelsen Out of Action Indefinitely

Axelsen Out of Action Indefinitely

12 July 2019
National Heroes! – Doubles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

National Heroes! – Doubles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

7 July 2018
Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

6 July 2018
Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

5 July 2018
Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

4 July 2018
China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

3 July 2018
Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

2 July 2018
Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

29 January 2018

Kim & Kong Storm into Quarters – Indonesia Open: Day 3

A sparkling performance from Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong saw them through testy times against home favourites Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu at the BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 today.

The Koreans came together as a steady pair only this year, and they couldn’t contain their excitement at having made their first Super 1000 quarterfinal.

The 94-minute battle was a blitzkrieg of smashes from both ends as big hitters Rahayu and Kong Hee Yong let it rip. However, it was Kim So Yeong who had a fabulous match. Livewire in movement, assisting Kong in the deep and darting forwards to poach, Kim was the difference between the two sides in the middle of a torrid contest which saw both pairs contesting line calls and the crowd getting into the action.

Kantaphon Wangcharoen didn’t hold anything back.

“It feels great to make the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open,” said Kim. “We have been together as a pair only this year, and we spent a lot of time watching videos of other pairs. This is a big day for us as we beat strong opponents.”

Slew of Upsets

It was a day of upsets in men’s singles. Top seed Kento Momota, fifth seed Chen Long, seventh seed

Anthony Ginting and eighth seed Kidambi Srikanth were shown the door by Huang Yu Xiang, Lee Zii Jia, Kantaphon Wangcharoen and Ng Ka Long Angus respectively. Second seed Shi Yu Qi was another casualty, but due to injury.

Wangcharoen made his second Indonesia Open quarterfinals with a fearless game against Ginting.

It wasn’t so much the result – for he beat Ginting at their last meeting in France – but the manner of it that stood out. Up against the crowd and the quick-moving, hard-hitting Ginting, Wangcharoen responded with a breezy approach. The smashes from the deep were hit without any self-doubt; at the net he dared to keep it close to the tape, winning most of the exchanges.

From 12-all in the third he steadily built a lead, and in the face of spirited resistance from Ginting, kept his nerve on the dramatic final point to nail the match 22-20 11-21 21-19.

Lee Zii Jia too showed plenty of composure as he held firm despite Chen saving two match points.

Talking Point

“I decided to play free, without feeling any pressure,” said Wangcharoen. “I was a bit lucky because he made a few mistakes. I’ve had good results this year because my new coach Agus has been working on improving my mental strength.”

Other Results

Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai took down Indonesian pair Faizal and Widjaja.
  • It was a rather disappointing day for the hosts as several doubles pairs, including mixed doubles sixth seeds Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja, crashed out. Faizal/Widjaja were beaten by Malaysia’s Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai 21-15 21-18.
  • Women’s singles fifth seed Pusarla V Sindhu ran into a combative Mia Blichfeldt and took her time to establish her dominance, coming away winner after an hour: 21-14 17-21 21-11.

Olympic and Paralympic News

Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
Wangcharoen Causes Ripples With Cool-Headed Display

Wangcharoen Causes Ripples With Cool-Headed Display

19 July 2019
‘Daddies’ Prove Elusive to Germans Once Again

‘Daddies’ Prove Elusive to Germans Once Again

19 July 2019
Devasting Blow for Shi Yu Qi – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Devasting Blow for Shi Yu Qi – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Below-Par Momota Crashes Out – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Below-Par Momota Crashes Out – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Chou Prevails in Epic – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Chou Prevails in Epic – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

17 July 2019
Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

17 July 2019
Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

16 July 2019
First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

16 July 2019
Axelsen Out of Action Indefinitely

Axelsen Out of Action Indefinitely

12 July 2019
National Heroes! – Doubles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

National Heroes! – Doubles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

7 July 2018
Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

6 July 2018
Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

5 July 2018
Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

4 July 2018
China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

3 July 2018
Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

2 July 2018
Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

29 January 2018

金廷通过考验 —— 印度尼西亚公开赛:首日

金廷2019BLIBLI印度尼西亚公开赛首日成功阻止了让主场观众沮丧的情形发生,他在一场打满三局的比赛中侥幸逃脱了输球的命运,在这场比赛中他的对手是中国冉冉升起的新星陆光祖

陆光祖在与金廷的比赛中打得非常努力,但是在打满三局后惜败对手。

印尼的混双组合就没有这么幸运了,7号种子乔丹/梅拉蒂以20-22 14-21不敌马克·拉姆斯富斯/伊莎贝尔·赫特里奇。在男双赛场征战的印尼组合也不太走运,安格利亚万/哈迪安托不敌崔率圭/徐承宰,前者一度在比赛中拿到了两个赛点。

好在主场观众钟爱的乔纳坦以及吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔都通过了首轮关。

当日最佳比赛

金廷对阵陆光祖的比赛显得有些失控,比赛的走向让现场观众也一头雾水,双方球员在比赛中都在不停地获得机会然后挥霍各自的机会。首局,金廷在挽救了四个局点后还是以20-22落败。第二局中陆光祖有一波精彩的表现,他从10-16开始反击,一度把比分追到了17-20,关键时刻印尼人以23-21将这一局的胜利收入囊中。

中国小将用斗志昂扬的进攻抵抗金廷快节奏的比赛,他因此在前两局中占到了一些便宜。印尼人在第三局中重新占据了上风,与此同时,陆光祖的状态则来到了一个低谷,他的稳定性有些下滑,金廷趁机建立了16-8的巨大领先优势。但陆光祖在这段时间中仍然打得很顽强,不断蚕食对手的领先优势,致使金廷后来的状态也产生了摇摆。在连赢了7分后,中国小将把比分追成了17-18,随后金廷用一记杀球打断了对手连续拿分的势头,并最终以20-22 23-21 21-18艰难取胜。

赛后点评

“我对他有所警惕,因为他战胜过托米·苏吉亚托几次。他有一些特别之处,我认为他将是中国队未来的主力。他是一名非常顽强的球员,不会犯错。赛前我知道这是一场消耗战,也为迎接一场艰难的比赛做好了准备。”——金廷

其他赛果

许嘉雯(左)和叶铮雯赢得了当天打得最接近的一场比赛。
  • 马来西亚的许嘉雯/叶铮雯赢得了比赛首日中打得最接近的一场比赛,比赛的比分为22-20 20-22 22-20,她们的对手是印度的篷纳帕/斯齐·雷迪,前者在第三局挽救过一个赛点。
  • 泰国的王正干展示了自己过人的能力,在一场长达85分钟的马拉松大战中战胜了日本人常山干太,比赛的比分为21-19 19-21 21-17,泰国人将在次轮迎战金廷。
  • 日本的渡边勇大/东野有纱在首局6-11落后的时候给对手送了一份退赛礼,他们的对手是克里斯·阿德考克/加布里埃拉·阿德考克。东野有纱在比赛中脚出现了疼痛感。她的伤病是在训练过程中发生的,据报道伤势不太严重,她还会和渡边勇大一起出战下周的日本公开赛。
  • 加拿大的李文珊成功复仇了成池铉,韩国人去年在印尼赛中战胜了她,加拿大人在这场打满一小时的比赛中以21-12 14-21 21-17淘汰了韩国人。

Olympic and Paralympic News

Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

‘Minions’ Blast ‘Daddies’ – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Zheng/Huang Simply The Best – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

21 July 2019
Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Antonsen Eyes Jakarta Double – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

Pusarla Warms To Task – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

‘Daddies’ To Take On ‘Minions’ – Indonesia Open: Day 5

20 July 2019
Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Tan & Lai Script Turnaround – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

Chen Yu Fei Pushed – Indonesia Open: Day 4

19 July 2019
Wangcharoen Causes Ripples With Cool-Headed Display

Wangcharoen Causes Ripples With Cool-Headed Display

19 July 2019
‘Daddies’ Prove Elusive to Germans Once Again

‘Daddies’ Prove Elusive to Germans Once Again

19 July 2019
Kim & Kong Storm into Quarters – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Kim & Kong Storm into Quarters – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Devasting Blow for Shi Yu Qi – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Devasting Blow for Shi Yu Qi – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Below-Par Momota Crashes Out – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Below-Par Momota Crashes Out – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Chou Prevails in Epic – Indonesia Open: Day 3

Chou Prevails in Epic – Indonesia Open: Day 3

18 July 2019
Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

Pusarla, Zhang Advance – Indonesia Open: Day 2

17 July 2019
Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

Indonesia-Inspired Wong Breaks Free of Injury Cloud

17 July 2019
Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

Ginting Passes Stiff Test – Indonesia Open: Day 1

16 July 2019
First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

First Day, First Show: Indonesia Open Still Bowls ‘Em Over

16 July 2019
Axelsen Out of Action Indefinitely

Axelsen Out of Action Indefinitely

12 July 2019
National Heroes! – Doubles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

National Heroes! – Doubles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Axelsen: Kento is the ‘1’ – Singles Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

8 July 2018
Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Back in the ‘Mix’! – Semi-Finals: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

7 July 2018
Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Ice-Cool Conquerors! – Day 4: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

6 July 2018
Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Continental Pride – Day 3: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

5 July 2018
Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Sensational Survival – Day 2: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

4 July 2018
China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

China’s Big Guns Out – Day 1: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

3 July 2018
Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

Kidambi Plots Revenge – Preview: BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2018

2 July 2018
Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

Japanese Duo Back On Top – Finals: Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018

29 January 2018

Olympic Dreams Spur On Refugee Champ Mahmoud

Victory at the Latvia International has given a shot of confidence to Aram Mahmoud, the Syrian player who currently plays under the Dutch flag.

Mahmoud, who relocated to the Netherlands from Syria in 2015 following unrest in his home country, is one of 37 Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders in contention to be part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020. The composition of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020 will be announced in June 2020.

“Winning the Latvian championship is the culmination of all my efforts and the efforts of those who helped me,” states Mahmoud. “It is a positive sign of success and personal confirmation that I can reach this level at Future and International Series tournaments.

“It was a very good experience for me. I played well all through the week. I was very hungry to win and I felt no pressure in the final. I was very focussed. I have more confidence now and I feel I can reach more goals.”

Mahmoud last played for Syria in 2014, participating in the Asian Youth U-19, World Junior Championships, and the Wilson Hellas International. Following his relocation to the Netherlands in June 2015, he took his time to adjust to his new life; it would be three years before he resumed his international career, with the Dutch International in April 2018.

“The 2014-2018 period was sometimes frustrating,” recalls Mahmoud. “I won the Syrian men’s championship for the second time in a row and the Arab Youth Championship while I was waiting for full support from the Syrian Badminton Federation, especially since my international ranking at the junior level was 85. While I was waiting for the end of the crisis in my country I got exactly the opposite, the crisis intensified.

“Chaos was all over. Because I played for Syria, after arrival in the Netherlands, I had to wait a lot before being able to compete internationally under the Dutch flag. So during that period I only played at club and Dutch national level.”

Mahmoud (centre) after claiming the Latvia International last month.

His relocation away from family has been a difficult experience, but badminton helped him address the crisis. Mahmoud kept himself engaged in the sport by playing at the Dutch national and regional centres, and at clubs in Almere. He currently trains at local club BV Almere.

“Badminton was my only link with my country and my family after my immigration to the Netherlands,” says Mahmoud. “Badminton allowed me to get help in my integration in the Netherlands. The challenge was great but I have used badminton as a tool to make friends. In the first months I moved so many times from one village to another village. Things changed when people helped me by finding a club where I could play badminton. I was helped a lot in badminton and also in my integration by people like Gerard Thijssen and Ingrid Schrijer. BV Almere is also the reason why I’ve ended up living in Almere.

“I’m blessed with the support of my family and a lot of friends. They allowed me to learn Dutch and get to know Dutch people who helped me in working hard and to improve, in terms of living, social life and sports.”

Having adjusted to his new life, Mahmoud is focussed on improving as a player and to qualify for Tokyo 2020. The year has seen some encouraging results – after playing the qualifying rounds in Estonia, Sweden and Austria, Mahmoud made the quarterfinals of the Portuguese International. Then followed the title victory in Latvia and a semifinal in Lithuania. The 21-year-old, who idolises Kento Momota, is hoping he will be on the refugee team to Tokyo 2020.

“Yes, this year has been good, but there is still plenty of room for improvement in my training,” says Mahmoud. “It has been very ‘splintered’ this year, training here and there wherever I was welcome. I had been searching for financial support, through which I could improve my training in order to raise the level of performance, by choosing my trainers and aiming for more and better training and tournaments. I’m so happy that Olympic Solidarity has awarded me a scholarship. Now, I have completed my modified plans and I have received a great moral and technical dose that will allow me to proceed to the next stage with great confidence and with a legitimate hope of preparing for the Olympics.”

“My current goals are to participate in bigger badminton tournaments and I will try to get the best out of myself, competing against other players. If it turns out later that that is enough to get selected for the refugee team, that would be great. I want to get more fit, eat healthier, improve training conditions, and gain experience by playing more tournaments.”

Revisiting a Hero: Sigit Budiarto

Sigit Budiarto, mercurial doubles star who was one of the key figures in Indonesia’s dominance of the 1990s and early 2000s, is currently a coach with Djarum club in Jakarta. A phenomenon at the net, Budiarto – in combination with Candra Wijaya – had several accomplishments to his credit, the most stellar of these being the World Championships gold in 1997 and three Thomas Cup titles.

At his attacking best.

As a coach, Budiarto now hopes that one of his trainees will eventually accomplish what he could not: a medal at the Olympics.

Short takes from an interview with Badminton Unlimited:

Taking up the Game

I was introduced to the sport by my parents. My father and mother loved to play badminton. There are four of us siblings. The eldest is my sister, my brother is next, then me and I have a younger sister. All of us played badminton. We enjoyed our time with our father and I was taken to the court to train. My father was also coaching in a small club in Jogjakarta but he does not want to coach anymore now. My siblings also went through badminton training and I was also roped in. That’s when I began loving it.

Breaking In

I believe all young players dream of making it into the national team. I was first selected into the national team in January 1995. I was obviously proud because I never imagined I’d go anywhere or get into the national team. I just wanted to play badminton and I started to get results. I figured that in the national team I needed to establish myself and win titles. I only realised this when I was there. Before that I was going with the flow.  Before I was selected into the national team, I was with Ade Lukas. When I was finally selected, my partner was Dicky (Purwotjugiono) at first. It was only after that I was paired with Candra (Wijaya). I thank god that we achieved so many things. We won our first tournament together at the US Open. During that time, the Olympics silver and bronze medallists were playing because it was just after the Olympics. When we played against Ricky (Subagja) and Rexy (Mainaky) in China, they had just won the gold medal. They were our opponents in the final and thank god, we won.

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Memorable Achievements

Everyone wants to be a world champion. I could never have imagined it at that time because Candra and I were very young. We were just 21 years old.

It does not feel complete if you do not win the All England. I am grateful to have gone there and won it once. I feel so much pride to have won the All England championships. It is the one tournament that all badminton players in the world dream of winning – the All England title. I am one of those lucky few in this world to be a winner at the All England.

Of course, there was one target that I did not manage to accomplish and that was to win a medal at the Olympics but the way I think about it is, hopefully there will be players, who I have guided and coached, who will go on and win the Olympic title.

Imparting knowledge to the next generation of Indonesian shuttlers.

Match Preparation

The most important attribute is self-discipline. You need to prepare yourself in the best way possible. You need to be clear. You need to train to be your best whenever required.  You need to set limits for how long you want to spend your leisure time. It does not matter with whom you want to mix but most importantly, you know the limits.

Grooming the Next Generation

My relationship with them is very good. Sometimes I treat them as my own children but there are times you need to treat them like friends and play with them. Sometimes we need to try and accommodate their needs.

Badminton today demands a lot of speed and power. That’s my training emphasis for them.

Teen Prodigies in Limelight in Canada

Teen power was on show at the 2019 YONEX Canada Open yesterday with emerging stars An Se Young and Li Shi Feng claiming the singles titles in Calgary.

An, at 17 recognised as the one of the most exciting young talents in women’s singles, won her second title of the year after the New Zealand Open, beating China’s Wang Zhi Yi 21-15 22-20.

Earlier, the Korean had beaten home favourite Michelle Li in the quarterfinals, 21-15 19-21 21-3, and Germany’s Fabienne Deprez in the semifinals, 21-17 21-12.

Runner-up Wang is among China’s brightest prospects, having been a finalist at the Youth Olympic Games last year and won the Austrian Open this year.

Li Shi Feng got the better of India’s Parupalli Kashyap.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Li Shi Feng (China) – Youth Olympic Games champion – won his first title at the senior level beating Parupalli Kashyap (India) 20-22 21-14 21-17.

Parupalli had come through a tough draw, winning three three-game matches on his way to the final, including a thrilling 12-21 23-21 24-22 result over Frenchman Lucas Claerbout in the quarterfinals and another close win over Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei in the semifinals.

While young stars dominated the singles, Mathias Boe and Mads Conrad-Petersen showed the older stars are far from being done. Boe, who will be 39 on Thursday, and Conrad Petersen, 31, won their second successive title after coming together as a pair in April. The Danes had won the Spanish International in June.

Mathias Boe and Mads Conrad-Petersen won their second title in a row.

While they will not be seen at the World Championships next month, they will be hoping to hold their winning touch on the Road to Tokyo.

Boe and Conrad-Petersen were taken to three games only in their opening match, against China’s Liang Weikeng/Shang Yi Chen. The Danes came through a potentially difficult quarterfinal against Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin 21-15 21-19, before cruising past Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han 21-14 21-16 in the semifinals and young Japanese pair Hiroki Okamura/Masayuki Onodera in the final, 21-12 21-18.

The Japanese had earlier prevailed in a close quarterfinal over compatriots Mahiro Kaneko/Yunosuke Kubota 10-21 21-17 30-28.

A significant win for Australia’s Setyana Mapasa (left) and Gronya Somerville.

Australia’s Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa captured their second title of the year after the Oceania Championships, easing through 21-16 21-14 against Korea’s Chang Ye Na/Kim Hye Rin.

The Koreans had come through a stiff semifinal against compatriots and new combination Baek Ha Na/Jung Kyung Eun, 21-12 14-21 21-17.

The mixed doubles title went to Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun/Eom Hye Won, who beat China’s Guo Xin Wa/Zhang Shu Xian 21-19 21-19. The young Chinese pair had accounted for top seeds Ben Lane/Jessica Pugh in the quarterfinals in three games.

Axelsen, Intanon Lead Race to Guangzhou

Jonatan Christie’s second title of the year has helped him climb up to second spot on the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings, which will determine the qualifiers to the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.

The top eight qualifiers at the end of the season will be invited to the finale in Guangzhou in December.

Christie, who beat Indonesian compatriot Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2019 final, trails top-ranked Viktor Axelsen by 7,400 points midway through the season. Axelsen has had a good year so far, having won the Spain Masters and the India Open as well as finishing runner-up at the All England, and being a semifinalist at three other events.

Axelsen was too good in India.

World champion Kento Momota, winner of the German Open, All England and Singapore Open, is in third place, ahead of Lin Dan, who picked up 11,000 points by winning the Malaysia Open.

Ginting – runner-up in Singapore and Australia – is at No.5, followed by Kidambi Srikanth, who was quarterfinalist in five of his six tournaments.

Olympic champion Chen Long hasn’t won a tournament this year – he was runner-up to Son Wan Ho at the Malaysia Masters and to Lin Dan at the Malaysia Open – and occupies seventh spot.

The biggest mover in Australia was Wang Tzu Wei, whose semifinal finish saw him jump five places to No.8, just ahead of HSBC BWF World Tour Finals champion Shi Yu Qi, who has played only five World Tour events so far. Shi won the Swiss Open and was semifinalist at the All England and the Malaysia Open.

In tenth place is Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia, who has gained from being in five quarterfinals out of nine tournaments.

Prominent names who aren’t yet in the top ten are Anders Antonsen (No.15) – winner of the Indonesia Masters; Chou Tien Chen (No.22), who has yet to win a tournament this year, and Sameer Verma (No.30).

In women’s singles, longtime world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying is currently fifth on the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings, having played only four events so far, of which she won two.

Leading the rankings is Ratchanok Intanon, who has played double the number of events Tai has. Intanon, winner of the Malaysia Masters and the India Open, has 48,380 points, compared to Tai’s 35,440.

Japan’s women’s singles spearheads Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi follow in second and third place. Okuhara has had a consistent year with back-to-back finals in Singapore and Australia, after consecutive semifinals in Germany, England and Malaysia.

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Yamaguchi, winner of the German Open, has also been steady, featuring in the Malaysia Open final and semifinals at the All England, Singapore Open and New Zealand Open.

Chen Yu Fei, who is on a hot streak of wins having claimed the All England, the Swiss Open and the Australian Open, is in fourth spot, just ahead of Tai.

Busanan Ongbamrungphan (No.6), runner-up at the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters; Sung Ji Hyun (No.7), semifinalist at the Swiss Open; and Li Xue Rui (No.8), runner-up in New Zealand, are behind Tai.

In ninth place is Fitriani Fitriani and in tenth is He Bing Jiao, who has played just five events this year, with her best being a runner-up spot in India.

USA’s Beiwen Zhang, India’s Saina Nehwal and Pusarla V Sindhu, Japan’s Aya Ohori, and Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt are all outside the top 10 at the moment.

Lee Chong Wei – A Model of Consistency

There are some accomplishments in sport that define its outer reaches, the limits of what is possible.

Lee was tenacious even in the evening of his career.

Don Bradman’s Test batting average of 99.94, and more recently, Rafael Nadal’s 12 French Open victories will possibly stand the test of time. They set impossibly high standards for those who seek to follow in their footsteps.

There is a good chance that Lee Chong Wei’s reign as men’s singles world No.1 for 200 consecutive weeks could similarly be insurmountable. At the least, it will stand as a monument to consistency.

That number, deceptively simple, encompasses a multitude of meanings. It implies year after year of a reign at the top of a super-competitive circuit; it indicates physical and mental excellence for prolonged periods; and it emphasises mastery in the face of diverse challenges – younger and hungry opponents, the stress of competition, varying playing conditions.

Once Lee Chong Wei hit his stride – and he did take longer, compared to his peers Taufik Hidayat and Lin Dan – Lee was a constant presence at the closing stages of major tournaments. The Malaysia Open turned into a personal fiefdom of sorts – he started with a hat-trick of titles (2004, 2005, 2006), and from 2008 won seven straight titles. The streak was interrupted by an eight-month ban for a doping violation, which was the one smudge in an otherwise exemplary career. Nevertheless, he did return to reclaim the crown in 2016 and 2018 – the last completing a dozen. No other player has dominated a single event in similar fashion.

The 2018 title would be his last, and it did show what he was capable of even in the evening of his career. Playing Kento Momota – who was in red-hot form – Lee tamed his rival in straight games, making light of the 12-year age difference between them.

Relief at the Olympics – after finally beating Lin Dan in 2016.

The Malaysia Open in 2006 was also the site of one of the biggest comebacks in badminton – Lee held off eight match points in the final against Lin Dan to achieve his hat-trick. In a career spanning two decades, Lee still counts that as his most memorable achievement.

He would have many other highs in his career, including three Olympic silvers, three World Championships silvers, four All England triumphs and two Asian Championships golds.

He did come tantalisingly close to achieving the ultimate dream of any player – winning the World Championships and the Olympics. At the World Championships 2011 he held two match points against Lin Dan; at the London 2012 Olympics he led 19-18 in the third, only to misjudge a shuttle in the deep and let the momentum slip by in a flash. At the next World Championships he had the early momentum in the final, only to be denied by a stubborn Lin Dan and cramps late in the match.

So close and yet so far – bitter defeat in the final at London 2012.

From 2008 and 2016 he was the most consistent player on the circuit; his only rival in the latter part being Chen Long – he was in seven major finals (his World Championships 2014 final would be scratched off due to the doping violation). Between 2009 and 2017 he was in also seven All England finals – of which he won four. His record of 47 World Superseries/World Tour titles will take some beating. Not for nothing was he the ‘Superseries King’.

But while he fell at the ultimate hurdle each time, what was remarkable was his ability to dust himself off from each heartbreaking loss and keep moving on.

For sheer tenacity in the face of crushing disappointment, Lee Chong Wei had no equal in the sport.

Career Highlights

3 Olympic Silver Medals

3 World Championships Silver Medals

47 World Superseries/World Tour Titles

12 Malaysian Open Titles

3 Commonwealth Games Gold Medals (men’s singles)

2 Asian Championships Gold Medals (men’s singles)

1 Silver, 2 Bronze: Asian Games 2010 (men’s singles)

200 Consecutive Weeks as No.1

Total Titles: 69

Team Events:

Commonwealth Games: 2 Gold (mixed team)

Thomas Cup: Silver (2014); 4 Bronze (2006, 2008, 2010, 2016)

Sudirman Cup: Bronze (2009)

Asian Games: 2 Bronze (2006, 2014)

Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t

The recently-concluded TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 was a roller-coaster ride for reputations. Several stars, expected to take their teams to glory, fizzled out during the week. There were also a few others who rose to the occasion when the situation demanded it. Here we look at the prominent names:

Those Who Sizzled

Shi Yuqi

Continued to build on his reputation as a big-match player. The manner in which he handed a pasting to Kento Momota in the final was stunning to watch – a near-replica of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in December. Won his three matches with ease – over Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in Group 1D and Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the semi-finals.

Li Junhui (left) and Liu Yuchen – stable under pressure.

Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen

Were unshakeable despite being in trouble in their opening match against Malaysia’s Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik. Recovered from match point down to beat the Malaysians, and then destroyed their three following challengers – Denmark’s Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen; Thailand’s Tinn Isriyanet/Kittinupong Kedren, and Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe. The Japanese were expected to stretch Li/Liu in the final, but after first game trouble, the world champions crushed their rivals to hand the advantage in the final to China.

An Se Young played outstanding badminton to beat Tai Tzu Ying.

An Se Young

The 17-year-old came into the Sudirman Cup as a potential star, having won the New Zealand Open, and returned with reputation enhanced. With her sensational upset of No.1 Tai Tzu Ying, which helped Korea top Group 1C, and close loss to Ratchanok Intanon, An did enough to suggest she could be the face of the future of women’s singles badminton.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (right) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo didn’t disappoint for Indonesia.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

The ‘Minions’ went into the Sudirman Cup in unconvincing form, but admirably led Indonesia into the semifinals. Won their three matches in straight games, including the semifinal over Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, on which Indonesia were unable to capitalise.

Michelle Li powered Canada’s finish on top of Group 2.

Michelle Li

Despite struggling with injury, Canada’s singles spearhead guided her team to the top of Group 2. Prevailed in a contentious Group 2B match against Germany’s Yvonne Li that set Canada on to victory over difficult opponents, and in the Group 2 final against France, easily beat Yaelle Hoyaux to come away with three wins out of three.

Nhat Nguyen was a standout for Ireland.

Nhat Nguyen

The 18-year-old had a busy week for Ireland, playing two categories and winning all but one of his eight matches. Nguyen nearly led his team to Group 3 victory, but, having won his singles, surprisingly lost his men’s doubles (with Sam Magee) to Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka. Ireland had to be content with second place in Group 3 (overall 22nd), but Nguyen would have returned pleased with his contribution.

…and Those Who Fizzled

Tai Tzu Ying

Nothing went Tai Tzu Ying’s way against An Se Young.

The world No.1 hasn’t had the best of seasons, but was expected to lead Chinese Taipei to a possible semifinal, their first in history. However, Tai was woefully off-colour, struggling against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi and losing to An Se Young, before making it past an equally disappointing Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. Despite her win, Chinese Taipei fell 2-3 to Indonesia.

Anthony Ginting was unable to turn on his ‘A’ game.

Anthony Ginting

Indonesia sported big names in singles, which was expected to buttress their doubles strength and give them a shot at the title. But it all went wrong in the singles, with Anthony Ginting losing two of his three matches, and neither Jonatan Christie or Gregoria Mariska Tunjung able to step up. Ginting was unable to inspire himself to his normal level in losses to Viktor Axelsen (Denmark beat Indonesia 3-2) and against Kento Momota in the semifinals.

Saina Nehwal (right) couldn’t offer any resistance to Chen Yufei.

Saina Nehwal

India were reckoned to have a strong team capable of going far in the tournament, but the Indians turned out to be underwhelming. Kidambi Srikanth didn’t take the court citing fitness concerns, and Sameer Verma took his place. Saina Nehwal, not fully fit, played one match – against China’s Chen Yufei – and she was routed in 33 minutes, which more or less summed up India’s campaign.

China’s Young Heroes – Thomas Cup Review

China’s young generation came good on the big stage to help their team recapture the Thomas Cup six years after China last lifted the trophy.

In Shi Yuqi and the Men’s Doubles pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, China found their heroes.

Nine-time winners China arrived in Bangkok for the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018 secure in the knowledge that they had, on paper, the strongest team of the 16. With Olympic champion Chen Long as spearhead, and World champions Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng, All England winner Shi Yuqi, and Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen to follow; and five-time World champion Lin Dan as the most reliable fifth-match player a team could have, China looked solid in all departments.

On the other hand, this edition of the Thomas Cup had several teams with all-round depth. Defending champions and top seeds Denmark, for instance, arrived with a mostly unchanged squad from the one that won the tournament two years ago. Japan, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei too have enjoyed success in singles and doubles in recent years, while Hong Kong and Thailand looked capable of springing upsets against more fancied opponents.

Having qualified with ease to the quarter-finals, China’s first big test was expected to be Chinese Taipei. However, the Chinese powered past their rivals dropping just a game; after Chen Long provided the opening, Zhang/Liu held off Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang in a close contest before Shi Yuqi edged past Wang Tzu Wei.

Shi again proved his mettle the following day, in the semi-finals against Indonesia. The All England champion was steadiness personified against Jonatan Christie, and his victory set up the tie for Li/Liu to storm past Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan. The veteran Indonesians are renowned for their mastery of the serve-return and net situations, but Li and Liu did not allow them any breathing space up front, and despite losing the first game, stepped on the gas in the second and third, with the Indonesians unable to repel their fierce attack. The manner of their victory was a signal that China were going into the final with all engines running smoothly.

Japan got the start they wanted in the final with Kento Momota’s masterly display against Chen Long. World champions Zhang/Liu outclassed Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko to get China back into the contest.

Shi Yuqi once again stepped up to the plate and with commendable assurance, stopped Kenta Nishimoto in his tracks.

Japan fielded the scratch combination of Keigo Sonoda and Yuta Watanabe against Li and Liu – and it worked brilliantly for them. The Japanese were electric in the opening game, and it took all of Li and Liu’s skills to rein them in. With two match points, Watanabe and Sonoda nearly took Japan to a fifth match, but Li and Liu showed they had finally matured into world-beaters, staying calm during the storm to steer China through. China’s young guns had steered the ship to safely.

And while Japan went down, in their spirited display they made a grand impression. They had come through the toughest group of the four – Group C – against Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Germany – dropping just two matches on the way.

The semi-final against Denmark was an engrossing tie. Momota can well claim to be the best player in the world at the moment as he dispatched World champion Viktor Axelsen 21-17 21-9. Denmark, missing Carsten Mogensen, fielded Mathias Boe and Mads Conrad-Petersen against Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda and the new combination clicked.

Hans-Kristian Vittinghus was Denmark’s hero during their title victory in 2016, but Kenta Nishimoto was the better player on the day as he closed out the contest 21-19 21-12.

Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen took the tie to the fifth match. Jan O Jorgensen’s experience was expected to favour him against Kanta Tsuneyama, but the match turned out differently, with Jorgensen unable to contain the attacking Tsuneyama. The defending champions were out of the tournament.

A lot of the credit for Japan’s performance went, deservingly, to Momota, who capped a sensational comeback from suspension. Momota continued from where he left in Wuhan – he won the Asian title in April – winning all his six matches in Bangkok.

Another player who led his team admirably was Lee Chong Wei. The veteran was once again the rock for his team, winning all three of his matches, including the group match against Viktor Axelsen, in which he started out with spellbinding speed before relying on his craft to fashion a 21-9 21-19 victory. He followed that up by beating Anthony Ginting in the quarter-finals to put Malaysia ahead, but the rest of his team couldn’t quite keep up.

Hosts Thailand, in Group B with Indonesia, Korea and Canada, couldn’t match the sensational display of their Uber Cup team, failing to progress past the group stage. The tie that cost the Thais dearly was against Korea, as they went down 3-2.

Of the other teams, France did well to qualify for the quarter-finals, finishing second in Group A, ahead of India and Australia.

Group C was reckoned to be the ‘group of death’, with Japan, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Germany. While Germany did finish last in the group, they gave a good account of themselves, losing narrowly to Hong Kong 3-2, and taking a point off Japan (4-1). Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Emil Seidel will look back with some happy memories, as they beat Japan’s Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda and Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei/Or Chin Chung, both in close finishes.

山口茜战胜苏杯梦魇 —— 印度尼西亚公开赛:女单决赛

在2019BLIBLI印度尼西亚公开赛的女单决赛中,决心彻底逃脱苏迪曼杯决赛输球影响的日本球员山口茜打了一场近乎完美的比赛,成功捧起了女单冠军。

辛杜没能在对阵山口茜的比赛中打出自己的风格。

她的对手印度的辛杜在前几轮比赛中接连击败了奥原希望和陈雨菲后一路高歌猛进,她被寄予厚望,希望她能在随后的比赛中继续保持同样的调调,但是山口茜最终以21-15 21-16为自己赢得了第一个印尼公开赛的冠军。

山口茜也结束了对印度人的四连败,取得了自去年法国赛后在世界巡回赛中最大的一胜。

比赛进程

印度人开局不错,她利用犀利的进攻打开了局面以12-8领先,但是山口茜的反击也非常凶猛。日本人打得很快,她的进攻让辛杜保持着紧张的状态,并很快把她带进自己的节奏。有些时候日本人巧妙地变换着节奏,当条件允许的时候,她就开始和对手比拼耐心。她用精准的击球将对手逼到后场,然后再放出贴网的短球。

她总是利用多拍回合从比赛中赢分,在赢得了一个51拍的多拍后比分来到了16-11,基本上也锁定了比赛的胜利。

“苏迪曼杯输球激励我做得更好。”山口茜说道。“很感谢这里的球迷为我加油……我觉得他们为我欢呼的声音比日本的球迷还要大。”

“这个冠军对我备战奥运非常重要,我们都很努力,赢得像印尼赛这样的巡回赛对建立自信非常重要。”

赛后点评

赛后辛杜有些失望,她表示自己在比赛中产生了太多失误。

“是的,有很多多拍,这是一场很接近的比赛,但是我觉得我失误有些多,在第一局我取得了领先,我应该保持住优势,但是我的失误太多了。如果我能拿下第一局,比赛结果可能会不同。我的反击还不错,但是她领先太多了。这是很好的经验,我希望我能走得更远。”

“这是一场不同于我击败奥原希望的比赛。有一些快速击球,这是属于她的一天,她打得很好。世界排名前十的人水平都很高,谁能赢取决于当天的状态和气氛。这站比赛对我来说很顺利,我开局也不错,但我希望我能更进一步。”

你知道吗?

这是山口茜自2018年全英公开赛后首次击败辛杜。

郑思维/黄雅琼是最棒的 —— 印度尼西亚公开赛:混双决赛

实至名归的混双霸主郑思维和黄雅琼赢得了他们的第三个超级1000赛的冠军头衔,他们以21-13 21-18战胜了2号种子、他们的队友王懿律/黄东萍。

世界第一组合顺利地赢得了赛季第四个汇丰BWF世界巡回赛的头衔,也取得了2019印尼大师赛和2019印尼公开赛的“印尼双冠”。

“我们很高兴能赢下冠军,今年我们两次来到印尼,都赢得了冠军。”黄雅琼高兴地说。

比赛进程

在这场比赛之前,他们只输了一场与同胞间的竞争,而在最终比分为21-13的第一局较量中,他们的优势也从未改变过。

王懿律和黄东萍在第二局打得更投入,并以9-6在早期取得领先,但赛后他们承认,他们根本无法击败强大的郑思维和黄雅琼。

“今天我们真的很想赢,但是我们做得还不够好,比赛的准备还是不够充分。”

现任汇丰BWF世界巡回赛总决赛的冠军在2019年的31场比赛中赢得了29场,只在新加坡公开赛和亚锦赛中丢掉了两场胜利。

他们在决赛中看起来也是无所不能。在首局16-11的时候,黄雅琼单凭一己之力就赢得了一分。

郑思维在赛后表示:“我们没有想到能赢这个冠军,所以能再赢一站超级1000赛的冠军我们非常高兴。球场内的气氛非常好,这也给了我们更多动力。”

“阿玛德和纳西尔在主场总是做得很好,来到这里并最终夺冠是一项巨大的成就,过去两年我们都没能做到这一点。”

赛后点评

作为一名完美主义者,黄雅琼告诉印尼媒体:“史纳延体育馆内声音太大了,有时我们听不到对方击球的声音。也许这是我们可以改进的地方,以后在欢呼声音很大的情况下,我们仍然可以听到球拍和球接触的声音。”

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“小黄人”战胜“爸爸” —— 印度尼西亚公开赛:男双决赛

在2019BLIBLI印度尼西亚公开赛男双决赛的印尼内战中,吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔和阿山/亨德拉贡献了一场比拼火力的比赛。

这场快速对攻只持续了28分钟,这对被亲切地称为“小黄人”和“爸爸组合”的对手,把主场的观众搅得发狂。

两对对手在场上表现得十分友爱。

比赛进程

吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔在这场2005年后的首场印尼赛男双决赛的本土内战中以21-19 21-16轻松取胜。

“小黄人”已经多次在史纳延体育馆成就冠军时刻,在最近两个赛季中,他们都赢得了印尼大师赛和印尼公开赛的冠军。

“爸爸组合”在第一局的大多数时间里在速度方面与年轻的“小黄人”不相上下,比分也齐头并进至17-17。

但是苏卡姆乔在网前的杀伤力在很长一段时间内都难以抵挡,最终他和吉迪恩以21-19拿下首局。

自此,世界第一组合建立了直落两局取胜的可能。

这对脚步轻快的组合以无与伦比的能量在球场上游刃有余地控制着比赛,在2019印度尼西亚公开赛的收官日带来了雅加达球迷最愿意看到的场面。

“今天他们比我们快。”亨德拉表示。

“在与吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔的比赛中,我们已经打出了最好的发挥,但是我们没有跟上他们的速度。”

吉迪恩总结了他们的表现:“第一局压力很大。我们很幸运能在正确的时间,正确的位置去击球。”

“总的来说,我们打得不错,最近两三个月我们非常努力,所以能看到努力训练得到回报是件好事。”

阿山/亨德拉在3月份赢得了全英公开赛后在本赛季中延续了强势的表现。

“打进半决赛是我们的目标,所以能进决赛真的让我们很高兴。虽然我们输了,我们仍然为今天能出现在这里感到骄傲。”亨德拉说道。

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Chou is Last Man Standing! – Indonesia Open: Day 6

A magnificent men’s singles final at the BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 went the way of Chou Tien Chen after he outlasted Anders Antonsen in 91 minutes today.

Chou found the energy to keep going despite long matches in previous rounds.

It was an epic performance from Chou, who survived his fourth straight three-game win, each of which lasted over an hour and fifteen minutes. His triumph today crowned the biggest moment of his career – his first World Tour Super 1000 victory coming in the most dramatic of fashions.

Antonsen had the wind in his sails going into the final. Not only had Chou spent an average 66 minutes per match in his last four rounds, Antonsen himself had had a far earlier path. Three of his matches were straight-games wins; his second round against Shi Yu Qi saw him spend just 12 minutes on court as his opponent retired with an ankle injury.

Besides, the Dane had achieved his biggest triumph in the very same arena a few months ago – beating world No.1 Kento Momota in the final.

Given the context, nobody would have anticipated the drama that unfolded.

As It Happened

Chou poured on the pressure in the opening essay forcing Antonsen to fight a rearguard battle. His belated fightback saw him whittle down the lead, and with a streak of ten points out of 12, he breathed down Chou’s neck before the fourth seed scampered ahead.

The match had started cooking, and the crowd had got into the act, shouting itself hoarse on every point. Chou, avoiding the open game, drew the Dane to the net and won nearly every point up front. Antonsen was judicious in attack and precise in his smashes. Both players struggled to shake free – from 15-all, the lead never went over one point – each gained a step, before the other drew level.

Antonsen was denied on game point four times; he saved one match point before finally converting his fifth opportunity.

If there were any doubts on whether Chou could last this marathon, they were dispelled. The Taiwanese found the physical and emotional energy to keep going. At the net again he outplayed Antonsen, and he also found the energy to go for the jump smashes. By the end of the match he had a handy lead, and after the last point was over, he lay down on the floor, where he was joined by Antonsen, who had also given it everything.

Mutual Respect

“He’s really good at mixing up his style and it’s not easy to play him. At this level, when you play a guy like Chou, you cannot afford to not be there all the time. We were both really tired. When he lay down (after the final point), I also wanted to lay down and fall asleep,” said Antonsen.

Antonsen joins Chou on the floor at the end of the match.

Talking Point

Chou struggled to put the enormity of his achievement into words.

“It was magic that I could do this. I just tried to maintain my attitude, because you cannot control the outcome. I showed a lot of people how I can do this, how I can control myself. I just tried to get every shuttle back. Antonsen is a great player too, hopefully we can play again.

“This shows that I’ve improved in my career. I’m 29 but I still can improve. It’s amazing that I can do this.

“I just wanted it to finish. I spent the longest time on court, so everyone could see me for a long time! Mentally I’ve improved a lot now.”

Did You Know?

The Indonesia Open is the biggest title in Chou’s career, and adds to his wins at the French Open, Singapore Open and Korea Open.

Yamaguchi Slays Sudirman Cup Demons – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Determined to redeem herself after a deflating loss in the Sudirman Cup final in May, Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi produced a near-perfect display to clinch the BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 today.

Pusarla V Sindhu couldn’t quite find her game against Yamaguchi.

The opponent who felt the heat was India’s Pusarla V Sindhu, who was riding high after straight-games demolition jobs over Nozomi Okuhara and Chen Yu Fei in previous rounds. Pusarla was expected to continue in the same vein, but it was Yamaguchi who pulled the strings in the 21-15 21-16 result, giving her a first Indonesia Open title.

Yamaguchi’s victory stopped a sequence of four straight defeats to the Indian and marked her biggest World Tour win since the French Open last year.

As It Happened

The Indian had started out well, using her steep attack to open up a 12-8 lead, but Yamaguchi counter-attacked with verve. The Japanese played at a fast clip, her attacking clears keeping Pusarla on edge and reeling her in. The Japanese cleverly mixed rhythm when she had to, switching to a more patient game when the situation so demanded. The precision on her clears her opponent to the backcourt, and Yamaguchi followed up with tight shots at the net.

She frequently outlasted Pusarla in the rallies – winning one 51-shot exchange to go 16-11 up and effectively nail the match.

“I was motivated to do well here after my Sudirman Cup loss,” said Yamaguchi. “I’m thankful to the fans here for cheering for me… I felt they were cheering louder for me than fans back home.

“This win is also important in the run-up to the Olympics. All of us are working very hard and winning a tournament like this is important for confidence.”

Talking Point

A disappointed Pusarla said her inconsistency in the rallies had done her in.

“Yes, there were many rallies and it was a very close game, but I felt I made more mistakes. I was leading by a few points in the first, I should have continued with that, but I made a few mistakes. If I could have taken the first game, the outcome would have been different. I fought back well, but she got a big lead. It’s a good experience. I hope I can go further.

“It was a different game compared to my win over Okuhara. There were some fast rallies. It was her day, she played well. The top ten in the world are of the same standard. It depends on the day and the atmosphere. The tournament went well for me and I started well, but I hope I can go forward.”

Did You Know?

This was Yamaguchi’s first win over Pusarla since March 2018 at the All England.

Fukushima/Hirota Prevail – Indonesia Open: Day 6

Japan’s world No. 2 women’s doubles pair Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota claimed their second consecutive Indonesia Open title with a 21-16 21-18 win over compatriots Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi at the Istora on Sunday.

It was Fukushima/Hirota’s third title of the 2019 HSBC BWF World Tour and sixth victory in nine matches against their compatriots.

Indonesia Open champions again.

The win came with the concession that both Matsumoto and Takahashi had been battling injury all week.

As It Happened

The second seeds were into gear first and built an unassailable lead in the first game.

With knowledge they had never beaten Fukushima/Hirota after losing the opener, Matsumoto and Takahashi came out firing in the second and held the lead at 15-10 and 17-12.

But that’s where it unraveled for the Olympic and reigning HSBC BWF World Tour champions, with Fukushima/Hirota able to pick up the speed and rattle off 10 of the next 11 points to close out the match.

Hirota said of the win: “We knew our opponents weren’t in top physical condition and in the second game it was much faster.

“It’s all about qualifying for the Olympics for us. Each and every tournament we must win. Our opponents today are Olympic champions, but we haven’t been and we desperately want to go,” she said.

Despite not being in peak physical condition, Takahashi said they would look to bounce back at the Japan Open next week.

“At the moment, it’s very tight for competition in Japan among the women’s doubles teams. We played here in Indonesia to get qualifying points for the Olympics.

“We really want to get to the finals next week in Japan. Even though we struggled today, we do see a chance for us to win next week,” she said.

Takahashi (left) and Matsumoto battled injury throughout the week.

Victory for Fukushima/Hirota at the BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 follows titles at the Malaysian Masters in January and Australian Open in June. They are currently second in the HSBC BWF Race To Guangzhou Standings.

Did You Know?

It was the first all-Japanese women’s doubles final of 2019. Last season, there were seven Japan vs. Japan finals across the tour in women’s doubles.

Talking Point

“Today my body was not fit and it disturbed my partner’s play today.” – Matsumoto

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“爸爸”迎战“小黄人” —— 印度尼西亚公开赛:第五日

在2019BLIBLI印度尼西亚公开赛的男双决赛中将上演“爸爸”和“小黄人”的对决,这是自2005年后印尼赛首次在男双赛场中上演一场本土内战。

保木卓朗/小林优吾差一点掀翻“爸爸组合”。

2005年,“爸爸组合”中的亨德拉搭档马基斯战胜了陈甲亮和苏吉特。周日印尼内战将再一次打响,亨德拉与不同的搭档迎战不同的对手。

两场半决赛形成了鲜明的对比。“小黄人”吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔表现神勇以21-9 21-13横扫了李俊慧/刘雨辰,“小黄人”在比赛中几乎没有犯错。

焦点之战

相比之下,阿山/亨德拉差一点被日本的保木卓朗/小林优吾绊倒在半决赛中。日本组合信心满满,在早期统治了比赛,印尼人不但无法突破他们的防线,还出现了不少失误。

阿山/亨德拉此后找回了状态,依靠他们的进攻抢回了比赛的主导权。亨德拉漂亮的网前为自己赢得了三个局点,此后他们因为发球下网葬送一个局点,在成功赢下第二局后比赛也被拖进了决胜局。

决胜局开始后,印尼人乘胜追击取得了12-8的领先优势,为自己赢得了喘息的机会。但是比赛在随后的一段时间出现了和四分之一决赛相似的状况,亨德拉频频发球下网,阿山也在观众的叹息声中打丢了几个制胜分。

在比赛进行到第57分钟的时候,印尼组合在紧要关头保持了微弱的领先,把自己送进了决赛,比分最后定格在17-21 21-19 21-17。

赛后点评

“我们发球不太好,对此我无话可说,”亨德拉表示。“场上的情况并不好。幸运的是,我们可以克服这些,压力很大,责任也很大。”

“对手打得很好,没有给我们机会。他们在第一局中给我们施加压力,我们不得不改变比赛方式,我们必须取得主动,而不是像最开始那样等待。”阿山说。

其他赛果

  • 女双决赛将是一场日本内战,3号种子松友美佐纪/高桥礼华以17-21 21-14 21-15艰难击败了李绍希/申昇瓒。
  • 在一场半决赛中,2号种子福岛由纪/广田彩花轻取了陈清晨/贾一凡,比分为21-14 21-12。
  • 两次女单冠军戴资颖受到身体不适的影响,仅抵抗了32分钟就以21-9 21-15不敌山口茜

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