KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s move in the 2021 Sudirman Cup mixed team tournament was stopped in the quarter-final phase.
The Indonesian badminton team did not manage to win the semifinal ticket after narrowly losing 2-3 to Malaysia in the match which took place at Energia Areena, Vantaa, Finland, Friday (1/10/2021) night WIB.
Indonesia trailed 0-1 first following the defeat of the world number one men’s doubles Marcus Fernaldi Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.
Marcus/Kevin lost two straight games with scores of 12-21 and 15-21 from Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik.
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The women’s singles badminton player Gregoria Mariska Tunjung then managed to bring Indonesia to an equalizer to 1-1.
Gregoria had to go through a three-game battle against Kisona Selvaduray to seal a 22-20, 18-21 and 21-19 victory.
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However, Indonesia fell behind again 1-2 after Anthony Sinisuka Ginting failed to suppress Lee Zii Jia’s resistance. Like Marcus/Kevin, Ginting also lost two games with a score of 11-21 and 16-21.
The Indonesian team again equalized through the women’s doubles win for Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu.
Greysia and Apriyani won the battle against Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muralitharan with a score of 22-20, 17-21, and 21-18 in 91 minutes.
However, Indonesia must recognize Malaysia’s superiority in this match.
Hopes to advance to the 2021 Sudirman Cup semifinals were dashed after Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti, who was revealed in the last party, lost to Hoo Pang Ron/Cheah Yee See.
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Praveen / Melati fell at the hands of representatives of Malaysia with a final score of 19-21, 21-9, and 16-21.
Meanwhile, Malaysia has been waiting for Japan in the semifinals. Japan qualified after getting rid of Taiwan with a score of 3-1.
Apart from Malaysia and Japan, China and South Korea will also face each other in the last four.
China advanced after a 3-2 win over Denmark, while South Korea confirmed their semifinal ticket after beating Thailand.
China 3-2 Denmark
- He Ji Ting/Zhou Hao Dong vs Anders Skaarup Rasmussen / Frederik Sogaard 21-17, 16-21, 19-21
- Chen Yu Fei vs Mia Blichfeldt 18-21, 21-8, 21-17
- Shi Yu Qi vs Viktor Axelsen 17-21, 14-21
- Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan vs Maiken Fruergaard / Sara Thygesen 21-10, 21-13
- Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping vs Mathias Christiansen / Alexandra Boje 21-18, 21-12
South Korea 3-2 Thailand
- Kim Won-ho/Kong Hee-yong vs Dechapol Puavaranukroh / Sapsiree Taerattanachai 9-21, 17-21
- Heo Kwang-hee vs Kunvalut Vitidsarn 21-16, 7-21, 22-20
- An Se-young vs. Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-18, 21-3
- Choi Sol-gyu / Seo Seung-jae vs Supak Jomkoh/Kittinupong Kedren 18-21, 22-24
- Lee Soo-hee / Shin Seung-chan vs Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Sapsiree Taeratanachai 21-11, 17-21, 21-19
Taiwan 1-3 Japan
- Lee Jhe-hue / Yang Po-Hsuan vs Akira Koga / Taichi Saito 21-13, 22-20
- Pai Yu Po vs Akane Yamaguchi 11-21, 13-21
- Chou Tien Chen vs Kento Momota 16-21, 21-19, 17-21
- Hsu Ya Ching/Hu Ling Fang vs Mayu Matsumoto / Misaki Matsutomo 17-21, 8-21
Malaysia 3-2 Indonesia
Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik vs Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 21-12, 21-15
Kisona Selvaduray vs Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 20-22, 21-18, 19-21
Lee Zii Jia vs Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-11, 21-16
Pearly Tan / Thinaah Muralitharan vs Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu 20-22, 21-17, 18-21
Hoo Pang Ron/Cheah Yee See vs Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktavianti 21-19, 9-21, 21-16