SEA Games: Indonesia's women's team gets bronze after losing badminton semis
Safrin La Batu
The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian women’s badminton squad collected a bronze medal after being beaten 3-0 by the Malaysians on the fourth day of the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In Wednesday morning’s match, shuttler Fitriani opened the game against Malaysia’s Soniia Cheah but lost 21-17, 21-17.
Playing against the Malaysians, who were cheered by their supporters, Fitriani received nothing but attacks in the first game.
She tried to catch up in the second game, but Cheah managed to catch her up and eventually defeated her.
Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani and Rosyita Eka Putri Sari played in the second match, facing Vivian Ho and Woon Khe Wei. However, the match ended early, at 7-5 for Malaysia, as Rosyita injured her left knee and could not continue. The winning point was automatically awarded to the host team.
In the third match, Hanna Ramadini failed to surprise the spectators as she was also defeated by Goh Jin Wei at 21-13, 21-16.
“Our athletes played at a low performance level. We were defeated in the first match, and in the second match Malaysia benefited from Rosyita’s injury. Meanwhile, Hanna played under pressure because we had already lost in the first match,” said Susy Susanti, Indonesian badminton team manager for the 2017 SEA Games.
Echoing Susi, Hannah acknowledged that she had felt under pressure because of the two previous losses.
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