Indonesia dominates China Open with two victories
The Jakarta Post
Indonesia gave a solid performance as two of its pairs took home titles at the China Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Fuzhou on Sunday.
World number seven Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia outwitted third-ranked Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark 21-18, 22-20 in men’s doubles at the Haixia Olympic Sports Center.
Meanwhile, compatriots Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, the Rio Olympics gold medalist pair, outclassed world number 142 Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui 21-13, 22-24, 21-16 in the one hour and 14-minute showdown to secure the mixed doubles title.
The 2016 China Open title was the first super series premier title for young guns Marcus and Kevin this year.
“It feels wonderful to win [the super series premier tournament],” said 25-year-old Marcus.
“[The China Open] is our fourth title this year, after also winning the India Open Super Series and Australian Open Super Series, as well as two grand prix tournaments,” added Marcus, who felt overwhelmed with this year’s achievements following last year’s grand prix win.
Kevin said focusing on enjoying the game, instead of worrying about the result, was the key to the pair’s victory.
“It is important to do your best and enjoy the play. Overthinking would just bring us down because it would cause us to expect too much,” added the 21-year-old.
Hungry for more wins, Kevin said he and his partner were aiming for more titles in the future. “Step by step, we’ve collected titles. There are a lot more to come.”
For Marcus and Kevin, winning the title by beating Boe and Mogensen was sweet revenge as the Indonesians were beaten by the Danes in a rubber match at the 2015 Malaysia Open.
Meanwhile, for world number seven pair Tontowi and Liliyana, the 2016 China Open title was their second super series win this year and their first victory after August’s Rio Games.
In other courts, host shuttlers experienced humiliating losses against visitors.
Ranked sixth in the world, Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark upset host world number two Chen Long in men’s singles. Jorgensen won 22-30, 21-13 for only his second victory over second-ranked Chen in 10 attempts, and his first since the 2014 Indonesian Open.
The Dane edged a nip-and-tuck first game, but after he hit the front at 4-3 in the second, he gunned to the title in just 46 minutes, reported AFP.
In women’s singles, Pusarla V. Shindhu of India, world number 11, knocked out world number nine Sun Yu 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 to earn the title.
Sixth seed Chang Ye-na and Lee So-hee of South Korea beat China’s Huang Dongping and Li Yinhui for the women’s doubles title.
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