Ahsan/Kevin Actually Can Win, but…


Indonesian doubles coach, Herry Iman Pierngadiregret the defeat Mohammad Ahsan/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the second match against South Korea. Even though there is a chance to win.

Ahsan/Kevin were paired for the first time in the 2022 Thomas Cup in order to face South Korea in the group winner determination match, on Wednesday (11/5/2022).

Previously, Ahsan was fielded with his original partner Hendra Setiawan against Thailand. Meanwhile, Kevin is paired with Bagas Maulana.

However, unfortunately the merging of the two players has not produced points for Indonesia. The number 1 and world doubles were defeated by Kang Min-hyuk/Seo Seung-jae in a three-game game with a score of 18-21, 21-13, 12-21.

“Unfortunately, yes, there is actually a chance that Ahsan/Kevin can win. In the third game, they were already leading 8-4, but after that, Kevin/Ahsan became shaky and the score changed to 8-11,” said Herry IP in a written statement.

“When changing places, the opponent wins the wind and all the patterns change,” he continued.

Apart from losing to the wind, Herry did not rule out the Korean double pair Kang/Seo also had a good game. “We admit, the Korean couple is also good. They deserve to be watched. This is our concern and our homework,” he said.

“In the future, we will try with our young doubles who have not entered this team.”

Ahsan/Kevin (PBSI Doc)

Furthermore, the trainer nicknamed the Fire Dragon explained the reason behind Ahsan’s pairing with Kevin and fielded him in the second party. In addition to seeing readiness, Herry also saw the record of the 96th-ranked Korean doubles meeting with other Indonesian doubles.

“We chose Kevin / Ahsan as the first double, because they are the best and ready. If we raise Fajar / Rian as the first double, the chance is also 50-50. Especially in the last Korean Open final, Fajar / Rian also lost,” said Herry.

“Fajr/Rian’s chances will actually be higher if the winning percentage remains in the second double. That’s why it was decided that Kevin/Ahsan was the first and Fajar/Rian the second,” he emphasized.

Fajar/Rian lost the rubber game to Kang/Seo with a score of 21-19, 15-21, 18-21 in the final of the Korea Open 2022.




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