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‘Minions’ beat ‘Daddies’ to defend Indonesia Open title

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 22 2019   /  12:29 am

Throughout the 2019 Blibli Indonesia Open, veteran duo Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan, dubbed the “Daddies” by their fans, escaped scare after scare, drawing on their vast experience to handle high-pressure moments.However, they appeared to have run out of ammo when they came up against their highly skilled juniors Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, who proved too fast and too strong in Sunday’s men’s doubles final. Kevin and Marcus, popularly known as the “Minions”, won the generational battle in straight games 21-19, 21-16. The 2019 champions Kevin and Marcus said they had anticipated their opponents’ strategy, with the world number one pair saying that winning the first game was the key to defending their title.“In the first game, we were actually under quite a bit of pressure and it wasn’t easy to win a single point,” Kevin said.Kevin said he ...