Last of Indonesia’s singles bows out at China Masters


Indonesia does not have any more representatives in the badminton singles at the China Masters Super Series in Jiangsu, China, after Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka and Maria Febe Kusumastuti fell in the second round on Thursday.

Women’s singles Maria Febe failed to extend the second chance she was gifted after world champion Wang Lin of China retired due to injury despite leading their first round match on Wednesday.

Maria, the world number 26, lost 15-21, 9-21 to qualifier Xia Jingyun of China in a less than half an hour on Thursday.

“[Jingyun] dominated throughout the match. All of her attacks were powerful and fast,” 20-year-old Maria said Thursday.
Six out of the eight women’s singles quarterfinalists are Chinese, including Jingyun who will face top seed Wang Yihan. In the other matches, Lu Lan faces Wang Shixian and Jiang Yanjiao meets Wang Xin. The remaining non-Chinese contenders were France’s Pi Hongyan and Tine Baun of Denmark.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s remaining hope in the men’s singles, 21-year-old Hayom, was unable to hold off seventh seed Chen Long of China as he surrendered 12-21, 10-21 after 37 minutes on Thursday at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium in Changzhou, southern Jiangsu.

This was Hayom’s second loss to the world number nine after their last meeting at the Swiss Super Series in March.

“We have to admit that China has an excellent record in developing shuttlers at all levels in both the men’s and women’s disciplines,” Indonesian head coach Christian Hadinata told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

“So, the loss by our young players was not surprising,” he said. “They don’t have enough competition experience and still need more practice against foreign players in more competitions such as this to reach peak performance.”

In the doubles, Indonesian mixed-doubles pair Fran Kurniawan Teng and Pia Zebadiah Bernadet bowed out to senior compatriots Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir 18-21, 15-21 in just 28 minutes on Thursday. This is their second consecutive loss to their compatriots after a recent meeting at the BWF World Championships in France.

In Friday’s quarterfinals, top seed Nova and Lilyana will face tougher rivals from Denmark, sixth-seeded Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen. The Danish pair beat Qiu Zihan and Pan Pan of China who retired due to injury in the first game 20-9.

In the women’s doubles, Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii cruised to the quarterfinals after beating Choi Ha-na and Jang Ye-na of South Korea 21-12, 21-19. The eighth-seeded Meiliana and Greysia will next face top-seeded Taiwanese Cheng Wen Hsing and Chien Yu Chin, who defeated South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun and Jung Kyung-eun.

Indonesia’s remaining pair in the men’s doubles, Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano, led 21-11 in their first game against second seeds Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen, but the Chinese pair took the tighter second and third games to win 21-19, 21-15. Zhengdong and Chen next meet compatriots Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng on Friday.


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