Injured Firdasari out of Indonesia Open
Retired: Indonesian Adrianti Firdasari (second left) was escorted by tournament official in a wheelchair after having an injury during her Djarum Indonesia Open first round match against World No. 1 Wang Yihan of China at Istora Senayan in Jakarta on Wednesday. Firdasari retired after the game one leveled at 7-7. Antara/Andika WahyuThe mood was low inside the Senayan Indoor Stadium on Wednesday as local badminton fans faced the fact that one of their favorite players, Adriyanti Firdasari, would not be able to continue her bid to win this year’s Djarum Indonesia Open.
Firdasari was injured during the first set of her match against Chinese shuttler Wang Yihan, currently ranked the world number one in the women’s singles category. During the match, Firdasari attempted to reach up to return Wang’s shot and reportedly felt pain in her right foot.
With the score at 7-7, Firdasari asked for a time-out. Moments later the umpire brought the match to a halt and Firdasari was immediately escorted outside the arena on a wheelchair and was not available for comment.
The host country’s team manager Ricky Subagja later confirmed that Firdasari would not be able to participate further in this year’s Indonesia Open.
“It’s very unfortunate that she can’t go on, especially as she was one of our main players and she was facing a top-ranking player with the match still tied at that point,” he told a press conference.
When asked if Firdasari would still be able to represent the country at the upcoming Olympics in London next month, Ricky said, “I can’t say anything about that right now. I hope she will be able to recover quickly.”
— JP/Iman Mahditama