The Jakarta Post
Indonesian mixed doubles pair Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti are inching closer to their possible first All England Open title after securing a semifinal spot in the prestigious badminton tournament.
In the quarterfinal match on Friday, Praveen and Melati stunned Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping of China 15-21, 21-19, 21-19 in 72 minutes at the Arena Birmingham. It was the second win for the Indonesians in a total of eight matches against the Chinese pair so far.
“Most know the quality of [the Chinese] pair. So, losing focus was something that we avoided throughout the match, be it when we were leading or losing. Every point was important and we could not afford to lose any,” Melati said in a statement on Friday.
In Saturday’s semifinals, Praveen and Melati are set to face either Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong or Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith of England.
Praveen, the 2016 All England champion with former pair Debby Susanto, said he planned to enjoy the match.
“We’ve reached the semifinals, anyway. The winning probability for each pair is equal. So, we don’t want to overthink it – just, one thing at a time,” Praveen said.