Anthony Sinisuka Ginting wins Indonesia Masters & Indonesia bag 2 more titles

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Anthony Sinisuka Ginting poses proudly with his mom at the Indonesia Masters awards ceremony. (photo: sportpix360)
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting poses proudly with his mom at the Indonesia Masters awards ceremony. (photo: sportpix360)

Jakarta: Indonesian shuttlers bagged three titles at the Indonesia Masters on Sunday after Anthony Sinisuka Ginting added the men’s singles championship to those of the men’s doubles and women’s doubles.

After failing to win any titles in 5 finals last year, Indonesia’s World No. 7 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting finally broke his title drought by claiming the 2020 Indonesia Masters last Sunday by defeating Anders Antonsen of Denmark 17-21, 21-15, 21-9.

Despite losing the first game, Ginting didn’t feel discouraged. He kept trying to come back to beat Antonsen, and the Indonesian did not even give any opportunities at all for Antonsen in the decider.

“Thank God I can win the title. I thank the fans for their support. I wasn’t able to keep up with Antonsen in the first game as he was playing with fast tempo and was more aggressive,” said Ginting.

“I still have a lot of things I need to be improved, but overall, I am satisfied with my performance this week,” added Ginting.

“Honestly, I am very happy, especially when I can win at home. This title is very meaningful for me, I’m more motivated, more enthusiastic to pursue the Olympics.”

Meanwhile, World No. 1 men’s pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon overcame World No. 2 Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan in two straight games 21-15, 21-16 to win the men’s doubles title.

Including the 2020 Indonesia Masters final, Sukamuljo/Gideon have beaten Setiawan/Ahsan in their 7th consecutive final of BWF World Tour tournament since 2019 Indonesia Masters.

The women’s double went to Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu after seeing off Sara Thygesen/Maiken Fruergaard of Denmark 18-21, 21-11, 23-21.

In an all-Chinese final, China’s Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong outlasted Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping for the mixed doubles title.

The women’s singles final saw Ratchanok Intanon rallied back from dropping the second set to beat Carolina Marin 21-19, 11-21, 21-18.

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