Even if it had been only one out of five, the Indonesian badminton team would have been forgiven for yet another lackluster performance in Hyderabad, India.
One trophy would of course have been better than nothing. But the victory that would have been a fitting gift for Indonesia's independence anniversary eluded the team after Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir lost to Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark in the World Badminton Championship finals on Sunday.
The Indonesian mixed doubles pair Nova/Liliyana put in a below-par performance as they crashed out 21-13, 21-17. Their previous comeback run in the semifinals, in which they overcame a second-game loss and overhauled a five-point deficit in the third game, deserted them this time around.
During the match, aired live on GlobalTV, Nova/Natsir were always trailing the Danes.