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Jakarta Post

Indonesia to face favorite Japan in Sudirman Cup semifinals

  • Ramadani Saputra
    Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 25, 2019   /  07:14 am
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Indonesian Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (left) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo react during a men's doubles match against Taiwan in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Sudirman Cup mixed team tournament in Nanning, China, on Friday.(PBSI/PBSI)

Team Indonesia had to go the extra mile to book its semifinal spot in the 2019 Sudirman Cup mixed team tournament, as survived the Taiwan scare to eventually own a 3-2 victory in the Friday’s quarterfinals. In Saturday’s semis, Indonesia will have to brave Japan, which on paper holds a better chance of reaching the finals for having shuttlers in the top-three world rankings in all categories. Japan thrashed Malaysia 3-0 in the quarters. Despite looking at a tough opponent, as Japan’s players are also know for good endurance, Indonesian team manager Susy Susanti motivated her players to fight them without fear. “We really want [to win], so we have told our shuttlers to fight all the way. Stay focused to win point by point. They should not be bothered by what [their odds look like] on paper. Anything can happen on the court. A fighting spirit is all we need...