Jakarta: Susi Susanti, the high-performance director for the Badminton Association of Indonesia or PBSI, has called on men’s singles World No. 6 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting to improve consistency.
The 24-year-old Ginting is Indonesia’s rising star. He is the type of men’s singles player Indonesia has been needing for a long time since the 2004 Athens Olympics gold medalist Taufik Hidayat. However, Susanti is expecting a more consistent performance from Ginting to dominate his opponents.
“Ginting has a bright future, and so does Christie. However, Ginting must make more conscious decisions during matches to use consistency in his favor. When his play is being read by his opponents, he seemed lost and confused,” said Susanti.
“When playing against defensively resilient opponents, and when he couldn’t score through his offense, he would end up losing the match,” added Susanti.
Susi Susanti who won the women’s singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, stressed that Ginting should have a more complete game plan especially when he is considered an offensive player.
“Ginting must use a variety of tactics to execute his game plan, such as a first, second, and also get ready for the third tactic. He also needs to strengthen his technique and physical fitness, because his style of play consumes a lot of physical energy,” explained Susanti.
“Ginting is now a top 10 player in the world, but his performance is still lacking in stability. If a player’s performance is unstable, when they perform well, they can perform very well. But if they don’t feel good, they would lose to lesser-known players.”
Nevertheless, Susanti also praised the fighting spirit of Ginting, especially for his performance in the Asian Games. Even though he could no longer move, he continued to force himself to put on a brave fight until the end. Ginting outlasted Kento Momota of Japan 21-18, 21-18 in the round of 16th, seeing off Chen Long of China 21-19, 21-11 in the 2018 Asian Games quarter-final, before losing to Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 21-16, 21-23, 17-21 in the semi-finals.
His teammate, Jonatan Christie emerged as the Asian Games champion when Christie defeated Chou 21-18, 20-22, 21-15 in the final.