The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian women’s doubles pair Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu have won the 2020 Barcelona Spain Masters. The Indonesian shuttlers defeated Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva of Bulgaria 18-21, 22-20, 21-17 on Sunday.
Greysia and Apriyani started off on the wrong foot and therefore missed the opportunity to secure the first game. However, the next two games were theirs through hard work.
“During the first game we were provoked by the opponents’ solid strike and defense. We almost gave up in the second game, but then we managed to find our way to survive the match and secure the title,” Greysia said as quoted by Badmintonindonesia.org on Sunday.
Apriyani said the title was the result of hard work during the match. She said that during the match, the duo’s coach Didi kept saying that they needed to maintain their will to win despite their cornered position.
“The coach reminded us again and again of the importance of maintaining a good mental state no matter how bad your situation is. And it works,” Apriyani said.
This is the pair’s second title. They also won the 2020 Indonesia Masters.
“We do hope that we can maintain this winning momentum throughout this year,” Greysia said.