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Jakarta Post

More prize money spices up fancy Open

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 22 2011   /  09:50 am

The Istora Senayan sports complex in Central Jakarta, the exclusive venue of the Djarum Indonesia Open badminton tournament since 2004, sports huge badminton rackets as decoration at the entrance and numerous food stalls for the 2011 Djarum Indonesian Open Super Series Premier.

The eye-catching ornaments aside, the US$600,000 overall prize money and better organization are the biggest draws for world-class players in the 29th running of the tournament.

“Of course a bigger prize and better organizing of the event are two things that differentiate this year’s Indonesia Open Super Series Premium, which was previously a Super Series event,” tournament director Mimi Irawan told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of a qualification round Monday.

“In terms of facilities, we have also upgraded on-court lighting. Players also get to the court using separate entrance an...