Jonatan Christie, Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto Win All England

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Jonatan Christie wins the 2024 All-England title. (Photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)
Jonatan Christie wins the 2024 All-England title. (Photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)

Birmingham: Jonatan Christie ends Indonesia’s men’s singles title drought at the prestigious All England Open tournament after three decades of waiting.

In Sunday’s final, Jonatan defeated compatriot Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in straight games, 21-15, 21-14, in just 54 minutes.

Highlights of Jonatan Christie vs. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the 2024 All-England final:

Not only is this the first time an Indonesian men’s singles player has won the All-England since Hariyanto Arbi claimed the title in 1994, but it also marks the first time Christie has won the BWF Super 1000 tournament.

The first game was quite intense as both players fiercely contested for every point. At 10-17, both were engaged in the longest rally of the first game, with 37 shots, which was won by Ginting as he scored three consecutive points, narrowing the gap with Christie to 13-17.

Christie eventually managed to clinch the first game 21-15 in just 29 minutes.

Before the start of the second game, Ginting was seen seeking medical assistance for a slight finger injury. However, this did not dampen his determination to vie for the All-England title against Christie.

The second game opened with Ginting taking the first point with a cross-court shot. It didn’t take long for Christie to equalize and turn the tide in his favor.

Ginting’s powerful smashes proved capable of causing problems for Christie, but several of his shots went out of bounds or got caught in the net, allowing Jonatan to maintain a lead of 18-14.

In this crucial moment, Christie didn’t lose focus and went on to win this oldest badminton tournament in 55 minutes.

“I remember how both of us entered the national team. We shared a room for about six or seven years. Anthony is a humble and cheerful person. We are glad to share this experience,” said Christie after the match.

“This is a proud moment for both of us and for the Indonesian men’s singles team,” Christie added.

Post-game interview of Jonatan Christie:

Post-game interview of Anthony Ginting Sinisuka:

Meanwhile, Indonesian men’s doubles Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto expressed their desire for more consistency after successfully defending their All England Open champion title.

Alfian/Ardianto won the 2024 All England Open final against the Malaysian pair of Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik in straight sets, 21-16, 21-16.

Highlights of Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto vs. Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik in the 2024 All-England final:

“We are very happy to be back-to-back champions at the All England. This is also our first title since the All-England last year. In essence, we want to continue being consistent, achieve more, and win in every tournament,” said Alfian.

“The feeling (after defending the title) cannot be expressed in words, especially since we came here as underdogs,” added Alfian.

Here are other results of the 2024 All-England finals:

Women’s Singles:
Carolina Marin bt Akane Yamaguchi 26-24, 11-1 (Retired)

Women’s Doubles:
Baek Ha Na/Lee So Hee bt Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida 21-19, 11-21, 21-17

Mixed Doubles:
Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong bt Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino 21-16, 21-11

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