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Gregoria carries weight of nation at Indonesia Open

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 18 2019   /  12:46 am
Last defense: Indonesian men’s doubles pair Fajar Alfian and Rian Ardianto (back) play against China’s Huang Kai Diang and Liu Cheng during a Blibli Indonesia Open round of 32 match at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Jakarta on Wednesday. Fajar and Rian won 18-21, 21-14, 21-16.(JP/Seto Wardhana)(back) play against China’s Huang Kai Diang and Liu Cheng during a Blibli Indonesia Open round of 32 match at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Jakarta on Wednesday. Fajar and Rian won 18-21, 21-14, 21-16.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Last defense: Indonesian men’s doubles pair Fajar Alfian and Rian Ardianto (back) play against China’s Huang Kai Diang and Liu Cheng during a Blibli Indonesia Open round of 32 match at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Jakarta on Wednesday. Fajar and Rian won 18-21, 21-14, 21-16.(JP/Seto Wardhana)Indonesia’s women’s badminton singles squad has suffered from years of stagnation, with players rarely blossoming at the international level, including at the Blibli Indonesia Open. The host country last won the tournament’s women’s singles title almost two decades ago when Ellen Angelina took the crown in 2001. However, with legend Susy Susanti installed as the Indonesian Badminton Association’s (PBSI) head of development and achievement, the country has high expectations its title drought can be ended. Susy, who earned the job in 2016, has seemed lost for words when discuss...