Double celebrations for Indonesia at badminton Grand Prix


Indonesia won the men’s singles and mixed doubles during the all Indonesian finals on Sunday at the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold event in Palembang, South Sumatra, but missed out on the women’s singles title.

Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who is recovering from a waist injury, demonstrated his skills to beat defending champion Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka in the men’s singles 21-11, 21-11 within only 34 minutes.

In the mixed doubles final match, London Olympians Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir again showed their prowess against compatriots Mohammad Rijal-Debby Susanto to claim a 21-19, 21-14 victory.

Unseeded women’s singles shuttler Yeni Asmarani of Indonesia, who had previously stunned spectators by cruising to the final, finally had to bow out to second seed Li Han of China 12-21, 10-21.
None of Indonesia’s shuttlers made it to the women’s doubles final as the pairing of Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta was stopped by first seeds Misaki Matsumoto-Ayaka Takahashi of Japan in the semifinals, 14-21, 19-21 on Saturday.

Fourth seed men’s doubles shuttlers Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra of Indonesia had to yield to third seeds Kim Ki-jung–Kim Sa-rang of South Korea in a 13-21, 9-21 defeat.

Men singles champion Sony acknowledged his opponent’s condition.

“I know Hayom was not well but he played well reaching the final,” Sony said as quoted on the Indonesian Badminton Association’s (PBSI) official website. “I had no special strategy. We often practice together and we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”

World No. 32 Sony, who won bronze at the Athens Olympics in 2004, went through a difficult period when his world ranking plunged due to injury.

After his victory in this competition, Sony is hoping for more success abroad in the coming months as he plans to partake in the Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold on Oct. 2-7 and the Denmark Open Super Series Premier on Oct. 16-21.

While Tontowi-Liliyana upset their opponents in straight games, the 2012 All England champions admitted to difficulties in the first set, given the fact that they were 3-8 down.

“We made a lot of mistakes and Rijal-Debby capitalized and played better,” said Liliyana as quoted by PBSI’s official website.

“It’s hard to compete against your compatriots because you know each others’ weaknesses. Whoever has the stronger mentality wins,” said the world No. 4 in mixed doubles.


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