The Jakarta Post
Two Indonesian mixed doubles pairs have made it through to the final round of the 2018 BWF Junior World Championship in Canada, assuring Indonesia the title when the tournament ends on Sunday.
Leo Rolly Carnando and Indah Cahya Sari Jamil secured their spot in the final after outwitting eighth-seeded Shang Yichen and Zhang Shuxian from China 21-13, 21-23, 21-19 in one hour and nine minutes.
Entering the competition as a non-seeded pair, Leo and Indah displayed a solid performance in their ascent to the final. Along the way, they defeated the top-seeded duo of Guo Xinwa and Liu Xuanxuan of China in the third round.
In the semifinal match, Leo and Indah won the first game in only 14 minutes. In the second game, the Indonesians allowed Shang and Zhang to take over. However, Leo and Indah concluded the tough battle with a victory in the deciding game.
“We were impatient in the second game. Had we played it as usual, I believe our opponents wouldn’t have been able to handle it. We wanted to just beat them immediately, and they beat us instead,” said Indah in a statement.
Leo and Indah admitted that reaching the final was a surprise for them.
“It is beyond our expectation. Our initial target was just reaching the semifinal, but we know this is something our coach has always wanted,” said Indah.
Earlier, second-seeded Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto and Siti Fadia Silva defeated South Korea’s Wang Chan and Na Eun Jeong 21-18, 21-18 to book their ticket to the final.
“Giving our best for Indonesia, that is what really matters [in the final match],” said Rehan. (nkn)