Indonesia is relying on men’s singles fourth seed Taufik Hidayat and his junior compatriot, Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka, for a triumph at the ongoing Swiss Badminton Super Series in Basel after the elimination of top title hopeful Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan.
After a tough rubber-set win (21-18, 19-21, 21-12) over Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine, world number three Taufik will go on to face Japanese Kazushi Yamada in the second round of the series on Thursday evening local time, or around midnight Indonesian time.
Meanwhile, Hayom will meet a tougher rival from China, eightth seed Chen Long. Hayom beat Eric Pang of the Netherlands in 21-14, 21-16 in the first round.
If both advance from the second round, Taufik and Hayom will go head to head in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
At the first round of the series late on Wednesday, Markis/Hendra were ousted from the contest by unseeded Taiwanese pair Chen Hung Ling/Lin Yu Lang in a 26-minute straight-set game of 19-21, 18-21.
A similar thing happened to their compatriots, fifth seed men’s doubles Alvent Yulianto Chandra/ Hendra Aprida Gunawan. The world number six pair lost 19-21, 17-21 to unseeded newly paired Polish Adam Cwalina/Michal Logosz.
“Apparently, their peak performance had dropped, so they lost concentration and their physical stamina declined too,” doubles coach Chafidz Yusuf told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.
“There might also some disappointment hanging over from the result at the recent All England,” Chafidz added.
Markis and Hendra’s lifetime opportunity to be crowned All England champions was crushed in the
semifinals, where they were beaten by Danish pair Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen. Meanwhile, Alvent/ Hendra Aprida exited the prestigious Birmingham event much
earlier as they lost to Chinese pair Chai Biao/Zhnag Nan in the first round.
Markis/Hendra will be arriving in Jakarta on Friday and are set to begin their training regime next week for the Thomas Cup finals on May 9-16 in Malaysia. The Swiss Super Series is the last international competition for Markis/Hendra and Alvent/Hendra Aprida prior to the Thomas Cup.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s women’s singles shuttler Maria Febe Kusumastuti also had to pack her bags from Basel after a gruelling 59-minute battle (21-17, 17-21, 16-21) in her first round against Russian Ella Diehl.
Young shuttler Gustiani Megawati who played both in the qualifiers for women’s singles and mixed doubles with Vicki Indra Okvana also exited the event on Tuesday.