Indonesia left with no singles contender at BCA Open
The Jakarta Post
Indonesia will have to go on waiting for a women's singles champion on home turf after two home players fell in the quarter finals on the fourth day of the BCA Indonesia Open badminton championship.
Lidya Djaelawijaya was the last local to win the Indonesia Open back in 1999, but hopes flourished when Maria Febe Kusumastuti and Lindaweni Fanetri overcame their respective opponents on Thursday.
However, neither was able to make it to the next stage at the Istora Senayan on Friday.
Maria looked to have the better of her opponent, but the impression proved false as she conceded a 16-21, 21-16, 22-20 loss to Yui Hashimoto of Japan.
And veteran Lindaweni crashed out almost without a fight, falling to an ignominious 21-7, 21-6 defeat by 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.
Lindaweni was left praising her opponent.
'She played without flaws today. She made almost no mistakes. I tried my best but she seemed to have anticipated all my shots. Even when I changed my strategy, it didn't work,' Lindaweni said after the match.
She had expected to face a tough battle in the quarterfinals, she said, but was perplexed by the gaping score.
'I'll talk things over with my coach to discuss what we must do in the future,' said the 25-year-old shuttler.
Maria, meanwhile, had to have her right thigh treated after the long and arduous match and had coach Agus Dwi Santosa talk to the media.
'She felt something wrong with her right thigh after yesterday's match. It's not very serious, but some movements she made [during Friday's match] affected the thigh,' he said.
'If she had been on her best form, she would have won with this lively home crowd behind her,' he said.
Despite the defeat, Agus noted improvements in his protÃ©gÃ©e, especially in her mentality. 'She has more motivation and a better sense of responsibility,' he said.
Maria, who is training with PB Djarum after leaving the Indonesian Badminton Association's (PBSI) training camp last year, appeared to be battling tears of frustration after failing to make a point during deuce in the third game.
According to Agus, Maria will now focus on the US Open badminton championship to be staged in Brentwood, New York, on June 16-21 and the Canada Open grand prix on June 23-28 in Calgary.
Indonesia also has no representative in the men's singles after Jonatan Christie and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who began their challenge from the qualifying rounds, were finally stopped in their tracks.
Jonatan played second fiddle to defending champion and world number two Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark. The debutant was crushed 21-13, 21-15. In his game, Anthony put in a battling performance, but Japanese shuttler Kento Momota proved his worth to round off the match with a 13-21, 21-16, 21-15 victory.
Title hopes lie elsewhere, although PBSI officials and home fans will perhaps remain cautious with only one representative each in the men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.
In men's doubles, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan was the only contender for the title after juniors Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira and Ade Yusuf were defeated by South Korea's Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek Choel 18-21, 21-19, 22-24.
Ahsan and Hendra secured their semifinal spot after crushing Japan's Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa 21-16, 21-16.
He added that he hoped he and his partner could continue their performance in the tournament, which offers a total of US$800,000 in cash prizes.
Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari remains favorite in the women's doubles. The pair marched to the semifinals at the expense of China's second-seeded Luo Ying and Luo Yu, who were beaten 21-15, 23-21.
Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir continued their bid to redeem last's year failure with a solid performance in overcoming China's Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin 21-15-21-18.
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