Having won the matches it was supposed to win, Indonesia now has a choice on its hands.
It saw off Japan and England, both by 4-1 scores, to all but secure a place in the Sudirman Cup semifinals. Only a Japan upset of China, which would be a result utterly counter to the form book, would put Indonesia’s semifinal status in doubt.
If China wins, its Thursday fixture against Indonesia will only be to determine which team wins Group 1B and gets to face the 1A runner-up. Malaysia, Korea and Denmark are the favorites to advance from Group 1A after Hong Kong fell to 0-2.
Former top shuttlers Hariyanto Arbi and Ricky Ahmad Soebagdja suggested Indonesia give the young shuttlers, who carried it past Japan, an opportunity to take their shot against the dominant force in world badminton.
“The most important thing is to qualify for the semifinals, and I don’t think it’s necessary to push for a win against China,” Hariyanto said on Monday. “It’d be better to give young shuttlers a chance to gain experience by playing a big team like China.”