Indonesia’s hopes in singles play at the China Masters Super Series were dashed on Thursday after two shuttlers were eliminated in the second round.
Maria Febe Kusumastuti was no match to China’s Xia Jingyun, falling 21-15, 21-19 in women’s singles, while Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka hardly challenged Chen Long in a 21-12, 21-10 loss.
After making it out of the first round, where No. 8 seed Wang Lin retired because of a knee injury, Febe was outclassed by Xia, Wang’s teammate on China’s national team.
Xia went up 2-0 in the first game, then won 11 of the next 16 points to take a commanding 13-5 lead and never look.
In the second game, Febe looked more aggressive, as she forced a 3-3 tie. But Xia displayed a wide array of shotmaking to rack up 10 straight points and seal the victory.
“She played faster, she had a more tactial approach to the game. Overall, she was just a better player,” Febe said.
Left to carry the torch for Indonesia in men’s singles, Hayom couldn’t keep up with the No. 7 seed from China.
It was Hayom’s second loss to Chen this year, following a three-game loss at the Swiss Super Series in March.
Indonesia’s lone entry in men’s doubles was also shown the door, after M Ahsan and Bona Septano lost 11-21, 21-19, 21-15 to No. 2 seeds Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen of China.
In mixed doubles, Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir got the better of their junior counterparts, as the Indonesian top seeds defeated Fran Kurniawan Teng and Pia Zebadiah Bernadet 21-18, 21-15.
It was the second time in less than a month that Fran and Pia were eliminated by the former world champions, having lost to them in the second round at the world championships in Paris in August.
“They played much better this time, despite the loss. They just need to develop their in-game control so they can start to win matches,” Nova said.
With the win, Nova and Liliyana advanced to the quarterfinals where they face No. 6 seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen
Indonesia also saw a women’s doubles pair progress when Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii beat Korea’s Choi Ha Na and Jang Ye Na 21-12, 21-19. The eighth-seeded pair will next play top seeds Cheng Wen Hsing and Chien Yu Chin of Taiwan.