RI mixed doubles the savior amid rains of losses


Indonesia’s two mixed doubles pairs booked quarterfinals amid the downfall of the men’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s singles shuttlers at the Badminton Asia Championship in India on Thursday.

First seed men’s singles Taufik Hidayat failed to make it through the quarterfinals after he surrendered 20-22, 21-16 to Taiwanese Hsuan Yi Hsueh on Thursday.  

Despite leading until the 13th point in the first set, Taufik gave up his first set and let Hsuan lead the entire second set. On Friday’s quarterfinals, Hsuan will duel against Japanese Kenichi Tago, the runner-up of the recent All England Super Series championship.

“[Hsuan] played better and my physical [stamina] dropped,” Taufik told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.  He advanced with ease from the earlier rounds where he crushed Indra Mahata of Nepal 21-6, 21-9, and Ha Anh Lee of Vietnam by 21-10, 21-16.  

As Andre Kurniawan Tedjono also lost his duel against fifth seed Boonsaak Ponsana of Thailand in 18-21, 17-21, Indonesia has no more envoys in the men’s singles sectors.

Women’s singles Fransiska Ratnasari, the country’s only envoy in the sector, failed to secure a quarterfinal ticket as well. She lost 21-17, 16-21, 14-21 to Japanese Ayane Kurihara on Thursday.

On the previous day, Indonesia lost its stack of singles shuttlers, including men’s singles Tommy Sugiarto and Hayom Dyonisius Rumbaka, who respectively lost to Indian Kashyap Parupalli and Tien Chen Chou of Taiwan.

Women’s singles Maria Kristin Yulianti was outplayed by second seed Zhou Mi of Hongkong, Lindaweni Fanetri was trashed by Singaporean Aiying Xing, while Aprilia Yuswandari failed to pass the qualifying round, where she met Jin Ah Wi of South Korea.

Nevertheless, good news was brought by newly paired Tantowi Ahmad/Greysia Polii and Devin Lahardi/Liliyana Natsir in the mixed doubles.

Tantowi/Greysia booked their quarterfinals spots after overcoming Vietnamese Bao Duc Duong/Thi Hong Gam Thai in 21-16, 21-16, while Devin/Liliyana trashed Sang Hoon Han/Ye Na Jang of South Korea in 21-10, 21-19.

It is the first time for Tantowi/Greysia to pair. Greysia usually plays women’s doubles. It is the second time that Devin/Liliyana pairs in an international event. At their first appearance together in China Super Series last year, they reached the quarterfinals.

“Their individual technical skills are excellent and both pairs are very keen to win,” national mixed doubles coach Richard Mainaky told the Post.

Another mixed doubles pair, Muhammad Rijal/Debby Susanto, exited the competition earlier losing
to Taiwanese Sheng Mu Lee/Yu Chin Chien.

All of the three Indonesian men’s doubles teams also made early exits from New Delhi during their first rounds Thursday.  The switch of partners apparently was not enough to refresh the men’s doubles shuttlers. 

More promising outlooks came from the three women’s doubles pairs, Meiliana Jauhari/Greysia Polii, Shendy Puspa Irawati/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Anneke Feinya Agustine/Annisa Wahyuni, all who reached the second round.


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