Tokyo: The World No. 1 Dheva Anrimusthi and World No. 3 Suryo Nugroho have set up an all-Indonesian semi-final for the men’s singles SU5 category on Saturday after both overcame their respective opponents in their last Group A match on Friday. Athletes in the SU5 category have impairments in their upper limbs such as a missing thumb which restricts grip and power of the stroke or loss of an arm due to amputation or nerve damage.
In the last group match, top seed Anrimusthi was having a tougher than expected first game against Bartlomiej Mroz of Poland. Mroz fought from 12-18 to narrow the gap at 16-18 before Anrimusthi pulled away with a 21-17 victory in the first set.
The second game was one-sided. After 1-1, Anrimusthi reeled off 14 consecutive points to lead at 15-1 to eventually wrapped up the game 21-7 at the Yoyogi National Stadium.
Anrimusthi who won the 2019 BWF Para-Badminton World Championships has been unstoppable in the group stage, winning all three matches he played.
Similar results were also achieved by another Indonesian men’s singles player, Suryo Nugroho, who also advanced to the semifinals after winning his second group stage match.
Nugroho succeeded in overthrowing the French player, Meril Loquette on Friday.
Although the World No. 3 player faced stiff resistance in the first game but was to secure the first game 21-14.
In the second game, Loquette found it hard to keep up with Nugroho’s fast-paced playstyle, eventually losing to Nugroho 8-21.