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Jakarta Post

Asian Games: Indonesia secures ticket to mixed doubles tennis final

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang, South Sumatra   /   Fri, August 24, 2018   /   08:41 pm
Asian Games: Indonesia secures ticket to mixed doubles tennis final Indonesian tennis player Christopher Rungkat (right) serves while partner Aldila Sutjiadi is getting ready during the semifinal match against Japan at the mixed doubles event at the 18th Asian Games at the Jakabaring Tenis Centre, Palembang, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Indonesia won 7-6, 6-4. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

The Indonesia mixed doubles tennis team advanced to the final after beating Japan 7-6, 6-4 in the semifinals at Jakabaring Sports City on Friday.

With the victory, Indonesia’s Christopher Benjamin Rungkat and Aldila Sutjiadi will square off against fifth-seeded Thailand in the final on Saturday. Thailand secured its spot in the final after taking the tiebreak over Kazakhstan in a 6-4, 4-6 (10-12) match in the semis.

Indonesia defeated Erina Hayashi and Kaito Uesugi of Japan in a battle that was hard-fought from the start. The first set ended in a tiebreak that Indonesia won at 7-6 (3).

The second set, which had to be delayed for almost an hour because of rain, saw Indonesia take control. Winning it 6-4, Indonesia clinched its place in the final.

Commenting on the upcoming final, Christopher said he could not hold in his excitement as he was looking forward to Saturday. Aldila said the team would not implement a new strategy for the match.

“There will be no special strategy for Saturday’s final,” she said.

In addition to the mixed doubles semis, finals matches were played for the women’s singles and men’s doubles categories on Friday. The women’s singles final pitted China’s Shuai Zhang against her compatriot Qiang Wang. The latter won 6-3, 6-2.

In the men’s doubles final, India’s Rohan Bopanna and Divij defeated Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bulik and Deni Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4.