Djarum, Unisys advance to Superliga semifinal
The Jakarta Post
PB Djarum women’s team suffered a loss on Wednesday but they still scraped through to the semifinal as Group Y winners in the Djarum Superliga Badminton 2013 tournament at the DBL Arena in Surabaya on Wednesday.
Djarum’s opponent in the semifinal was not yet determined, with Jaya Raya Jakarta still playing Mutiara Bandung in the evening.
The other semifinal match will pit Japan’s Unisys Badminton Club, as the Group X winner, against Group Y’s runner-up, the Renesas Badminton Club, also from Japan.
Djarum, which includes the world’s number four, Juliane Schenk of Germany, in their lineup went down to Jaya Raya Suryanaga by 2-3 on Wednesday. However, they qualified for the next stage thanks to their success in winning the first two matches.
Schenk contributed a point for her club with a 21-10, 21-8 win over Eriko Hirose.
She conceded to the tough opposition throughout the tournament. She said it was a precious experience before playing in a club badminton competition in Europe next week.
Djarum’s second point was delivered by Febby Angguni, who defeated Tike Arieda Nungrum 21-16, 21-18.
In the other three matches, wins belonged to Jaya Raya, with Lindaweni Fanetri defeating Tai Tzu Ying 21-14, 16-21, 9-21; Lita Nurlita and Variella Aprilsasi Putri easing past Annisa Saufika and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 21-11, 21-16 in 29 minutes; and Mami Naito and Matsuo Szhizuka overpowering Jenna Gozali and Komala Dewi 21-14, 23-21.
Stiff rivalries also ensued in the men’s competition.
Jaya Raya Suryanaga of Group A has a big chance to advance to the semifinal after winning their first three matches, although Tangkas Specs, PB Djarum, Mutiara Bandung and Unisys Badminton Club of Japan can still catch them up.
In Group B, the Malaysia Tigers, SGS PLN, Jaya Raya Jakarta, Musica Champions and the Tonami Badminton Club of Japan are still competing for spots in the semifinals.
Earlier on Wednesday, Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand helped Jaya Raya Jakarta defeat the Malaysia Tigers 3-2.
He beat Daren Liew 21-12, 18-21, 21-13.
Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan beat Hoon Tien How and Tan Wee Kiong 21-14, 21-19, while Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand defeated Chong Wei Feng 21-15, 21-19.
The Tigers’ points were contributed by Lom Khim Wah and Goh V Shem, who beat Angga Pratama and Bona Septano 21-23, 5-21, and by Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif, who was forced to a three-game encounter but defeated Adi Pratama 14-21, 21-14, 14-21.
In Group A, Unisys Japan won 4-1 over PB Djarum with only Takuma Ueda losing a point when he was beaten 19-21, 21-12, 14-21.
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