Together with Greysia Polii, Apriyani Rahayu won the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Former Indonesian badminton star Liliyana Natsir salutes Apriyani.
The Greysia/Apriyani pair won the crown after defeating Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan 21-19, 21-15 in the final match at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Monday (2/8/2021). There are a number of important notes that were inscribed by Greysia/Apriyani after this success.
The world number six women’s doubles became the first Indonesian women’s doubles to win an Olympic gold medal. Greysia/Apriyani also continued the tradition of ‘Red and White’ badminton gold in the biggest multi-event championship in the world.
“Incredible. The sector that was not relied on from the start won a medal, yes, a gold medal, especially if it’s a medal, maybe yes,” said Liliyana in response to a message from detiksport, Monday (2/8).
“But we can prove that it’s not only the seeded sector that can win gold medals, from the women’s doubles and also make history for Indonesia because from the beginning the Olympics were held until now, only Grey/Apri in the women’s doubles have won the Olympics.”
For Apriyani, this success is certainly a remarkable achievement considering that the Tokyo Olympics is the first Olympics in her career. The 23-year-old badminton player himself was only paired with Greysia in 2017.
“And for Apriyani, I applaud her because at a young age, she is playing in the Olympics for the first time, she can look amazing, she can showmanage mentally well, then the shot, the spirit, it’s not easy,” continued the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in mixed doubles.
“We know that in this Olympics some of the top seeds have fallen at the beginning. Because we look a lot into mentality, we don’t talk about Apri’s technique and mentality, proving that he can overcome it in an event as big as the Olympics and this is the first time he has participated,” concluded Liliyana Natsir about Apriyani’s performance. Grace.
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