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RI’s Tontowi–Liliyana defends India Open title

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 30 2012   /  09:00 am

Indonesian favorites Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir defended their mixed doubles title in the 2012 India Open badminton tournament in New Delhi after outclassing Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam in a rubber match on Sunday.

Liliyana said that Sunday’s final bout against Prapakamol–Thoungthongkam was one of the hardest for her and Tontowi, as the Thais were in top form.

“They are players that have solid attacks,” Liliyana said after the match at Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in New Delhi as quoted by the Indonesian Badminton Association’s (PBSI) website.

The fight started right away when the opening game began. The 2012 All England champs excelled, however, by stopping the Thai pair 21-16 to build a solid foundation for the title.

In the second game, fifth-seeded Prapakamol–Thoungthongkam upped the pressure on the favorites, ...