Indonesian representatives continue to fall in the quarterfinals Japan Open 2022. Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto into the box after losing a three game duel.
Fajar/Rian, the fifth seed, were forced to admit the superiority of the unseeded men’s doubles Liang Wei Keng/Wang Chang. Competing at the Maruzen Intec Arena, Osaka, Friday (2/9) afternoon WIB, Fajar/Rian lost 18-21, 21-19, 16-21.
The game was even in the first half of the game at 7-7. Fajar/Rian then broke away by winning four straight points to lead 11-7 in the first interval.
Liang/Wang then reduced the distance to just one point in a score of 13-14, before balancing Fajar/Rian 17-17. The match drew more and more at critical points, Fajar’s hard smash came out so Liang/Wang turned 19-18 ahead.
Liang Wang won two points in a row to beat Fajar/Rian in the first game 21-18.
Fajar/Rian failed to maintain momentum after winning 10-4 which gave Liang/Wang wind. The Chinese pair then took seven straight points to take an 11-4 lead in the second interval.
Liang/Wang are playing more and more confident to get point by point. Fajar/Rian’s situation is even more complicated because they often make their own mistakes before they can rise again by equalizing 18-18.
Fajar/Rian got two consecutive points to create game points. After two game points, Fajar/Rian secured the second game 21-19 after Liang Wei Keng’s backhand hit the net.
Fajar/Rian were left behind in the first half of the third game with difficulty. Liang/Wang lead the third interval with an 11-7 advantage, Fajar/Rian let the ball fall in the back corner of the field.
Liang/Wang opened a wide gap with Fajar/Rian after picking up five consecutive points to lead 20-15. Fajar/Rian won the drive to cut the distance 16-20, before Liang Wei Kang’s smash confirmed Fajar/Rian were eliminated.
Fajar/Rian’s defeat left Indonesia only leaving Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo at the Japan Open 2022. Chico will challenge the host badminton player, Kenta Nishimoto in a few moments.
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