Hendra & Ahsan Reveal the Cause of Taiwan’s Double Hassle

Inevitably, the most exciting and tense match in the eighth round of the Indonesia Masters 2020 final held at Istora Senayan Jakarta on Friday (1/17/2020) yesterday was a match between doubles. In the third game or the deciding game, Hendra / Ahsan is only 2 times leading. But the champion mentality finally spoke. The world number two double finally won the game with a score of 21-19.

The public was shocked when Hendra / Ahsan lost in a landslide 9-21 in the first game. But “The Daddies” started to wake up from their sleep, and won the second game with a score of 21-15. In the deciding game, The Daddies get heavy pressure from Lee / Wang.

After the match Ahsan said the match against seventh ranked world was a tough and difficult match. But the champion’s mentality seemed to speak. Hendra / Ahsan finally total duration of 44 minutes.

Hendra / Ahsan fix head to head for Lee / Wang. Of the nine encounters, The Daddies won six of them.

The victory at the BWF Super 500 tournament also ensured that the host placed one of their representatives in the final of the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2020. Because in the match that followed, the other Indonesian doubles, Fajar Alfian / Muhammad Rian Adianto won quite difficult over the Danish doubles, Kim Astrup / Anders Antonsen with three games, 18-21, 21-13, and 21-17.

Hendra / Ahsan and Fajar / Rian created the “All Indonesian Semifinal” match. Indonesian men’s double domination was created. Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon also stepped into the semifinals of the 400,000 USD tournament after yesterday defeating Malaysia, Goh Sze Fei / Nur Izzuddin with two games, 21-13 and 23-21.

Thus the double nicknamed the Minions was 4-0 head to head ahead of Malaysia, including last week’s victory at the Malaysia Masters. Of the seven Indonesian representatives in the quarterfinals, two of them failed to advance to the next round.

Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktavianti were surprisingly defeated by the French doubles, Thom Gicquel / Delphine Delrue with three games, 19-21, 21-14, and 18-21.

It is very unfortunate, even though Praveen / Melati has a far better rating than Thom / Delphine. This must be further evaluated, especially Praveen / Melati which is now ranked fifth in the world will take part in a very important tournament, the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Indonesia should not only expect medals from men’s doubles, which most often produce points for Indonesia. Playing three games, Jonatan Christie also failed to reach the semifinals after losing to Danish men’s singles Anders Antonsen, with scores of 22-14, 10-21, and 21-12.

Anders Antonsen is the defending champion of the Indonesia Masters, can he defend it in 2020? Two other representatives, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Greysia Polii / Apriyani Rahayu also qualified for the semifinals.

Indonesia Masters 2018 champion Ginting defeated Huang Yu Xiang from China with a score of 21-11 and 21-14. In the semifinals, will face European representative Viktor Axelsen.

After silencing Japanese double Nami Matsuyama / Chiharu Shida in the quarterfinals, then in today’s semifinals, Greysia Polii / Apriyani Rahayu will face Korean doubles Kim So-yeong / Kong Hee-yong to fight for the top party.

After the match, Hendra Setiawan said that in the first game, they were attacked first. “They pressed so that our game could not develop, we just thought step by step as usual. Hendra said that he did not panic, as long as they kept trying and trying, trying and trying.” The important thing is trying, “Hendra said.

While his colleague Ahsan, said the match was difficult to pass. Lee / Wang has a pretty good attacking pattern. “His strength is above us, but we are grateful to have escaped the crucial party,” Ahsan said.


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