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Jakarta Post

'Daddies' vs 'Minions': Historic All-Indonesian final after 14 years at Indonesia Open

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 21, 2019   /  12:29 pm
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Indonesian men's doubles pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (left) celebrates with partner Marcus Fernaldi Gideon after scoring a point against Li Jun Hui and Liu Yun Chen of China in the 2019 Blibli Indonesia Open badminton tournament in Jakarta on Saturday. Kevin and Marcus reached the final to meet their compatriots Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan on Sunday.(Courtesy of/Indonesia Open)

Sunday's final showdown in the men’s doubles of the 2019 Blibli Indonesia Open will showcase a generational battle between two Indonesian pairs: Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan versus Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon. The all-Indonesian final means that Indonesia will definitely claim the men's doubles title in the 2019 edition. Fans have nicknamed Hendra and Setiawan the "Daddies", and Kevin and Marcus have been dubbed the "Minions". It will be the first all-Indonesian final in the category in 14 years. In 2005, Hendra, with his previous partner Markis Kido, won the "civil war" against their seniors Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto. On the road to the final, experienced Hendra and Ahsan managed to escape another scare as they defeated the Japanese pair Yugo Kobayashi and Takuro Hoki 17-21, 21-19, 21-17 in Satur...