Asian Games: Indonesia reaches sepak takraw final
The Jakarta Post
Indonesia advanced to the sepak takraw final after defeating South Korea 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) in the semifinals of the men’s regu category at Jakabaring Sports City's Ranau Hall in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Monday.
Indonesia will face Malaysia in the final on Tuesday. Malaysia secured its spot by defeating Singapore 2-0 (21-8, 21-8).
“We will go all out. I don’t know who will be chosen as starters but both countries have an equal chance. Malaysia [...] beat us [in men’s team regu]. But I will give my best. My team and I have prepared better,” said Abdul Halim Radjiu.
Halim said the result in the semifinals was a feat because Indonesia had yet to beat South Korea in the event at the Asian Games. “They [Korea] were very strong. We felt pessimistic at first, but thank God, we could win after fighting hard during the match."
Indonesia's coach Asry Syam said the team would give its all in the final. "From the bottom of my heart, I hope we can win the gold. But all I can say now is just try our best and pray to God for the best result."
He declined to comment on the lineup and strategy for tomorrow's match. “I will think carefully about it,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Indonesia defeated Singapore 2-0 (21-5, 21-16) in the preliminary stage. (yan)
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