The Jakarta Post
Indonesian pair Muhammad Rian Ardianto/Rosyita Eka Putri Sari failed to bring home the mixed doubles title from the BWF World Junior Championships (WJC) 2014 after losing their final match at Sultan Abdul Halim stadium in Alor Setar, Malaysia, on Friday.
The pair was beaten 12-21, 17-21 by top seeded pair Huang Kaixiang/Chen Qingchen of China.
'We are disappointed with the result because this is the last WJC for us. We have failed to bring home a world title as our predecessors did in 2011 and 2012,' Rosyita said.
Alfian Eko Prasetya/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja won the 2011 tournament by beating fellow Indonesians Ronald Alexander/Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah. Edi Subaktiar/Melati Daeva Oktaviani triumphed over teammates Alfian Eko Prasetya/Shela Devi Aulia in the 2012 finals.
Alfian, Gloria, Edi and Melati are no longer on the team due to age and are currently competing at the New Zealand Open.
Rian and Rosyita were apparently not in their best form. Early in the first game, they fell to a rash of unforced errors before steadying themselves up to middle game. However, when they caught up with their opponents at 12-12, they fell back to an erratic run.
They upped their play in the second game to pull to a 7-2 lead, but Huang and Chen, who are the defending champions, refused to sit back.
The Chinese relentlessly attacked the Indonesians with a barrage of smashes with hard-hitting Huang targeting her shots to Rosyita. They wrested the lead 15-14 and never looked back.
'Our game did not work. We made many unforced errors. We did not play a comfortable game. Chen was good at front play while Huang's strong shots were difficult to return,' Rosyita told Badmintonindonesia.org.
'The opponents seemed to have learned our game. We must work further on our defense. We also easily lost focus,' Rian said.
Rosyita had the chance to redeem her loss when she competed later on in the day in the women's doubles final alongside Apriani Rahayu against Chen Qingchen/Jia Yi Fan .
From Auckland, it was reported that Indonesia was assured the mixed doubles title at the New Zealand Open with Edi Subaktiar/Melati Daeva Oktavianti advancing to the finals.
They eased past Huang Po Jui/Shuai Pei Ling of Chinese Taipei, 21-7, 21-13 and will take on fellow Indonesians Alfian Eko Prasetya/Annisa Saufika, 15-21, 21-13, 21-15 winners over another Indonesian pair, Irfan Fadhilah/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja.