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Indonesia Open offers bigger prize pot

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, June 5, 2013 | 02:22 pm

The 2013 Djarum Super Series returns to Jakarta'€™s Istora Senayan from June 10 to June 16 with
increased prize money.

The tournament '€” which previously offered US$650,000 in prizes '€” will see 220 players from 23 countries, including China'€™s two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Indonesia'€™s 2004 Olympic gold medalist Taufik Hidayat, compete for $700,000.

'€œOut of 220 competitors, around 100 are from Indonesia,'€ the Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) chairman Gita Wirjawan told a press conference on Tuesday.

Looking at the record of Indonesian badminton achievements so far, Gita was upbeat that national athletes could win some titles at the tournament.

'€œTheir recent performance at the Sudirman Cup was a good sign of the reawakening of Indonesian badminton. They were able to put on a good fight against powerhouse China,'€ said Gita.

The Trade Minister added that Indonesian badminton was on the right track even though the country was still left behind in certain events. '€œWe put high hopes on mixed doubles and men'€™s doubles,'€ he emphasized.

The hopes were pinned on number one mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir '€” who brought home the All England title for the second time in March '€” and men'€™s doubles Angga Pratama and Ryan Agung Saputra '€” who won the Australia Open and the New Zealand Open in April '€” as well as the Indonesia Open men'€™s single defending champion, Simon Santoso.

'€œThere are some adjustments this year. Aside from the increasing the prize money, we also reduced the courts to three from four so that fans can see more matches,'€ the organizers'€™ executive Basri Yusuf said.

He added that the organizers also decided to hold a two-day qualifying round to avoid long matches that could last until past midnight.

'€œThis year we will see great matches from day one as Malaysia'€™s Lee plays against China'€™s Wang Zhengming. Should he win, Lee will face either Taufik Hidayat or Lin Dan in the second round,'€ Basri said.

The tournament will be streamed live on djarumbadminton.com and broadcast on Trans7.