Manila: Susi Susanti, Head of Development and High Performance of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), praised the performance of the Indonesian men’s shuttlers who won their third straight team title at the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships on Sunday. The Indonesian men’s team had previously won the title in 2016 in Hyderabad, India and in 2018, Alor Setar, Malaysia.
Indonesia defeated Malaysia 3-1 in the final through Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (first men’s singles), Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (first men’s doubles) and Mohammad Ahsan/Fajar Alfian (second men’s doubles). However, Indonesia’s World No. 7 Jonatan Christie went down to Malaysia’s World No. 72 Cheam June Wei 16-21, 21-17, 22-24 in the second men’s singles match.
“It’s incredible, our players were more prepared compared to the semi-finals. They showed more confident today because we also defeated Malaysia in the 2019 SEA Games team event,” said Susi Susanti.
“Jonatan tried, but at the end he was unlucky. We should have won by 3-0. Why was Ahsan/Fajar paired, because we were considering the condition of our players against our opponents, therefore, we decided to let Ahsan/Fajar play the second men’s doubles,” explained Susanti.
According to the head to head record, Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan, who were also Indonesia’s second men’s doubles pair, was defeated by Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi at the 2019 Thailand Open with a score of 18-21, 21-16, 21-23.
The men’s doubles pair Mohammad Ahsan/Fajar Alfian who sealed the team winning point over Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi with a score of 21-18, 21-17, was grateful for their performance.
“Thanks God that the Indonesian team had become the Asian team champions again for the third time in a row,” said Ahsan after the match.
“At the beginning, I was a little nervous about pairing up with Ahsan. But Ahsan was really a good mentor, and I just enjoyed playing the match,” added Fajar.
Meanwhile in the women’s team, Japan won the 2020 Asia Team Championships after beating Korea 3-0.
Following are the complete results of the final tie between Indonesia and Malaysia (3-1):
First Men’s Singles: Anthony Sinisuka Ginting vs Lee Zii Jia – 22-20, 21-16
First Men’s Doubles: Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon vs Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik – 22-20, 21-16
Second Men’s Singles: Jonatan Christie vs Cheam June Wei – 16-21, 21-17, 22-24
Second Men’s Doubles: Mohammad Ahsan/Fajar Alfian vs Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi – 21-18, 21-17
Third Men’s Singles: Shesar Hiren Rhustavito vs Leong Jun Hao – Did not play