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Gregoria carries weight of nation at Indonesia Open

  • Ramadani Saputra
    Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, July 18, 2019   /  10:32 am
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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 discussing the state of the country’s women’s singles squad. She has often repeated her apparent go-to-answer, which has become something of a cliché. “Honestly, we have to admit that our national women’s singles players really need to work extra hard ...