Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan capped Indonesia’s most successful Super Series tournament of the year on Sunday, winning the men’s doubles title at the French Open Super Series.
Facing Denmark Open champions Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia, top-seeded Markis and Hendra rallied from one set down to win 15-21, 21-15, 21-14 at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris.
The Malaysians muscled their way to winning the first set, hitting nine smash winners to the Indonesians’ one as they sprinted ahead after being level at 11-all. That dominance soon faded, though, as Markis and Hendra led for all but one point in the next two games.
Their victory was the cherry on top of an already successful tournament for Indonesia. Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir marked their return to the spotlight on Sunday after an eight-month absence from the podium, beating compatriots Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa 21-7, 21-7 in the mixed doubles final.
“We’re so happy about our second title. We’ve been waiting for it all year. It shows that we’re not through yet, and I’m getting more confident,” Nova, 32, told the Jakarta Globe in a text message.
This year is the last for the partnership between Nova and Liliyana, who opened 2009 by winning the Malaysia Open mixed doubles crown. With Nova’s approval, the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) plans to find Liliyana a new partner after they failed to retain their world championship this year in India.
Nova and the PBSI have suggested his age has limited the pair’s performances in the worlds and Super Series tournaments.
The victory marked the third consecutive Super Series tournament with an Indonesian winner, a quick turnaround after a seven-tournament drought. Markis and Hendra’s men’s doubles victory at the Japan Open on Sept. 27 snapped the dry spell, and Simon Santoso followed that by winning the men’s singles crown at the Denmark Open.
Sunday was not all good news for Indonesia, though, as No. 4 seed Taufik Hidayat lost 21-6, 21-15 to top seed Lin Dan of China in the men’s singles final.
China continued to gobble up Super Series titles after its top players sat out the Denmark Open. Women’s singles No. 3 seed Wang Yihan upset top-seeded Wang Lin 21-9, 21-12 in the first of two all-Chinese finals, with Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli beating Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei 21-13, 21-8 in the women’s doubles final.
Super Series play shifts to Hong Kong from Nov. 10-15 before wrapping up at the China Open on Nov. 17-22.
At the World Junior Championships in Malaysia, Indonesia’s three doubles finalists came up short. Angga Pratama and Della Destiara Haris fell 21-19, 14-21, 21-17 to Maneepong Jongjit and Rodjana Chuthabunditkul of Thailand in mixed doubles, and Suci Rizki Andini and Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah lost 21-9, 21-18 to China’s Tang Jinhua and Xia Huan in women’s doubles.
Berry Anggriawan and Muhammad Ulinnuha suffered a narrow 19-21, 21-12, 23-21 loss in the men’s doubles final to Chooi Kah Ming and Ow Yao Han of Malaysia.