Little Lindaweni Makes Mark In Macau Badminton Battle


Lindaweni Fanetri bowed out of the Macau Grand Prix Gold on Wednesday, but she did not go without a fight.

The Indonesian qualifier forced women’s singles top seed Zhou Mi of Hong Kong to three games before losing 18-21, 21-19, 21-15 in a 65-minute marathon.

Lindaweni, 19, had match point in her sights after pulling level at 19 in Game 2, but she could not make the most of her serve and Zhou fought back to even up the match.

Indonesia also suffered a pair of defeats in men’s doubles. Fernando Kurniawan and Lingga Lie bowed out after losing 24-22, 21-17 to China’s Chai Biao and Zhang Nan, and Luluk Hadiyanto and Joko Riyadi fell 21-19, 21-18 to fifth seeds Sun Junjie and Tao Jiaming of China.

The top seeds in mixed doubles, He Hanbin and Yu Yang of China, were too strong for Fran Kurniawan and Pia Zebadiah Bernadet, who were beaten 21-14, 16-21, 21-7.

Most of the news on Wednesday was positive for Indonesian shuttlers, though.

Men’s singles third seed Taufik Hidayat cruised into the third round with a relatively simple 21-14, 21-13 victory over Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon.

Taufik, in search of his third title this year, after the India Grand Prix Gold and the US Grand Prix, faces Du Pengyu of China in the next round.

The pair met in the second round of the 2008 China Open Super Series, with Du winning 22-20, 21-11.

Indonesia’s other men’s singles entry, Adnan Fuazi, withdrew from his first-round match against China’s Zhou Wenlong.

Doubles play was even kinder to Indonesia. Anneke Feinya Agustine and Annisa Wahyuni reached the women’s doubles second round with a 21-16, 21-16 defeat of Koon Wai Chee and Mong Kwan Yi of Hong Kong.

Vita Marissa, a former Indonesian national team member, teamed up with American shuttler Mona Santoso to beat Malaysia’s Lim Yin Loo and Marylen Poau Leng 21-15, 21-13 and set up a second-round match with top-seeded Chinese pair Du Jing and Yu Yang.

Men’s doubles saw three Indonesian pairs advance.

Third-seeded Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan needed only 17 minutes to defeat Chow Pak Chuu and Hong Chieng Hun of Malaysia 21-10, 21-12. They will meet Chai and Zhang in the next round.

Wifqi Windarto and Afiat Yuris Wirawan won 21-9, 21-15 against the cosmopolitan duo of America’s Halim Haryanto and Flandy Limpele of Indonesia.

Candra Wijaya and Rendra Wijaya, the No. 6 seeds at the event, ousted Kristof Hopp and Johannes Schoettler of Germany 21-15, 21-18.

In mixed doubles, Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa beat Taiwan’s Lin Yu Lang and Ching Kai Hsin 21-16, 21-13. They will face Taiwanese qualifiers Lio Min Chun and Cheng Hsiao Huan in the second round.


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