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Jakarta Post

Tantowi, Liliyana grab India Open trophy

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 2 2011   /  10:24 am

Tantowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia brought home mixed doubles’ trophy of Sunrise-Yonex India Open superseries badminton tournament in New Delhi on Sunday after outclassing compatriots Fran Kurniawan and Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth.

The event’s fourth seed Tantowi and senior player Liliyana, who grabbed silver medalist of Beijing Olympics in 2008 with Nova Widianto, managed to conquer junior pair Fran and Pia 21-18, 23-21.

Liliyana said that she was optimistic she would get along with new partner Tantowi. “But, we still have a long journey to walk on. We should not be satisfied of what we have gained today just yet.

“We need to stay focus because there are a lot of matches to come,” Liliyana said in a text message after the bout.

Indonesian mixed doubles’ coach Richard Maenaky said that he was proud of what his shuttlers did in India Open. ...