The Indonesian Uber Cup team was warned to be more fierce in the knockout round following a crushing defeat to Japan in the preliminary round of Group A.
Instead of being able to keep up with the Japanese women’s team, Gregoria Mariska et al were actually crushed 0-5 by the State of Sakura in a match that took place at Ceres Arena, Aarhus, Denmark, Tuesday (12/10) local time.
Indonesia’s mainstay Gregoria Mariska Tunjung lost badly to Akane Yamaguchi with a score of 7-21, 16-21. Following Ribka Sugiarto/Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti who also lost to Mayu Matsumoto/Nami Matsuyama, 14-21, 19-21. Whereas Rebekah/Fadia were prepared to be the coating for Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu.
Indonesia was increasingly unmoved after their second single, Putri Kusuma Wardani also failed to win the match against Sayaka Takahashi. He lost two games 14-21, 19-21 to Takahashi.
Nita Violina Marwah/Putri Syaikah who lost to Yuki Fukushima/Arisa Higashino with a score of 9-21, 10-21, and Ester Nurumi Tri Wardoyo were also forced to submit to Aya Ohori’s game with a score of 14-21, 7-21.
Head of Binpres PP PBSI Rionny Mainaky did not expect the result to be far from expectations. From the start he hoped the players could bring out their best against Japan. But unfortunately, the players have not been able to play more freely.
“I saw that the players still had fear and doubt. This should not happen in the next match, which is the decisive match,” Rionny said in a written statement.
Even though they lost, Merah Putih still qualified for the quarterfinals with runner-up status in Group A. Talking about the opponents they will face in the knockout round, Greysia Polii et al have the opportunity to meet China, South Korea, India, Thailand, and Taiwan.
But whoever the opponent is in the knockout round, Rionny hopes that the Uber Indonesia team can appear more fierce, brave, and total in bringing out the best in all their abilities.
“I will escort the coach to remind his players to be able to bring out the best in the decisive match. All this is to win,” said the former coach of the Japanese national team.