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Jakarta Post

Home support not enough to lift Indonesians to quarters

  • Ramadani Saputra
    Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 19, 2019   /  10:47 am
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High hitting: Indonesian men’s doubles pair Mohammad Ahsan (left) and Hendra Setiawan (right) competes against Germany’s Mark Lamfuss and Marvin Seidel in the second round of the 2019 Blibli Indonesia Open badminton tournament in Jakarta on Thursday. The Indonesians won 21-16, 21-17.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Despite having the full support of the home crowd at the Istora Senayan indoor stadium in Central Jakarta, all Indonesians but one competing in singles events at the 2019 Blibli Indonesia Open failed to advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday. Indonesia’s last hope in the women’s singles category, Gregoria Mariska, nearly surprised in a match against seventh-seeded Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. Claiming the first game 21-13, Gregoria had the chance to secure a ticket to the quarterfinals, matching Ratchanok’s game with some good ball placement. However, the Thai national’s experience in dealing with pressure in critical moments proved valuable in her 21-19 win in the second game to force a decider. Gregoria’s quickness declined in the deciding game, resulting in sloppier footwork. Ratchanok took advantage of this to take the lead before closing ou...