For the first time, Indonesian men's badminton pairing Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan will end a year without a Super Series title.
The Indonesian men’s doubles pair lost 21-19, 14-21, 23-21 to South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun and Yoo Yeon-seong in the final of the Hong Kong Open on Sunday, leaving them with the Asian Games gold as their only major victory this season.
Markis and Hendra have won at least two Super Series titles since the top-flight competition began in 2007.
They won twice last year and in 2007, and four times in 2008.
This year, however, Markis and Kido have appeared in the final only twice. Prior to the Hong Kong Open, they lost to Danish shuttlers Mathias Boe and Carsten Morgensen in the Denmark Open.
Before Sunday’s final at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Markis and Kido had looked primed to win their first Super Series since the French Open in November 2009.
They defeated Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung, Korea’s top men’s doubles shuttlers, 21-19, 23-21 in a hard-fought semifinal.
But Markis acknowledged that he and Hendra could not keep pace with Ko and Yoo in the final.
“They played much faster, and it was really difficult to figure out their next move,” Markis said. “It’s not good that we will end the year without a Super Series title, but it’s still an OK year overall because we won a gold medal in the Asian Games. We’ll just do better next year.”
Taufik Hidayat also had little luck in the men’s singles final, as he lost 21-19, 21-9 to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.
It was the second time Taufik lost to Lee in a Super Series final this year. Indonesia’s top-ranked men’s shuttler fell to Lee in the Indonesia Open in June.
Lee’s victory in Hong Kong is his sixth in the Super Series this year.
In women’s singles, Saina Nehwal of India stormed back from losing the opening game to China’s Asian Games gold medallist Wang Shixian to take the title 15-21, 21-16, 21-17.
Nehwal, who clinched Commonwealth Games gold in New Delhi in October, also made small amends for her Asian Games flop.She tumbled out in Guangzhou in the quarterfinals.
In other doubles events, China’s Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang took the women’s crown and Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen the mixed doubles title.