After Indonesia finished runner-up in the 2022 Thomas Cup, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan said goodbye. They call it his last appearance in the Thomas Cup.
Indonesia had to settle for being runner-up in the 2022 Thomas Cup after losing to India in the final. In the match at the Impact Arena, Bangkok, Sunday (15/5/2022) afternoon WIB, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting et al. lost 0-3.
That means Indonesia failed to defend the Thomas Cup title it won last year. The 2020 Thomas Cup, which was only held in Denmark in October 2021, due to the pandemic, was won by Indonesia after beating China 3-0 in the final.
After the match, Ahsan said goodbye on his social media. The badminton player from Palembang was grateful for the trust given by PBSI.
Mohammad Ahsan’s upload after Thomas Cup 2022 Photo: Instagram @king.chayra
“Bismillah.. finally my struggle for the thomas cup is over, starting from 2010 until the last time here.. this will be a beautiful memory in my career, from sad, disappointed and happy.. thank you to PBSI who have trusted me for so long. This is to me and Cpt @hendrasansan..jaya always badminton Indonesia #lastthomascup,” Ahsan wrote on his social media while uploading a photo of him holding a medal.
Hendra Setiawan did the same thing. The 37-year-old badminton player also called this his last appearance in the Thomas Cup.
Hendra Setiawan’s upload after the 2022 Thomas Cup Photo: Instagram @hendrasansan
“My last Thomas Cup… Thank you friends for the extraordinary struggle, keep the spirit & hopefully we can win it back in 2024. Thank you also to all Indonesian people for their prayers and support,” said Hendra on his social media account.
The post received responses from a number of men’s doubles players. They asked Hendra to postpone his retirement from the national team.
“Capt bestie, don’t be the last,” wrote Muhammad Shohibul Fikri.
“No, no. Once again the champion with bestie, cheers,” said Fajar Alfian.
“Don’t be last, don’t you think,” said Marcus Fernaldi Gideon.
Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan were introduced once as a pair in the 2022 Thomas Cup. The world number two men’s doubles pair played in the group stage against Thailand and contributed to the victory.