Thursday, 27 March 2014 | MYT 3:00 PM

Young partner reignites fire for badminton: Markis

Markis Kido says that his new young partner Gideon Markus Fernaldi (left) has re-ignited his passion for badminton.

Markis Kido says that his new young partner Gideon Markus Fernaldi (left) has re-ignited his passion for badminton.

PASIR GUDANG: It has been four years since Indonesia's famed doubles shuttler Markis Kido won a world title but his love for the game has not reduced.

Now, with the young Gidoen Markus Fernaldi as his new partner, the 30-year-old Markis believes he can conquer the world again.

Just six months into their partnership, the duo have reached the 11th position in the world standings. They are currently looking good for a call-up for the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi in May and are set to qualify or the World Championships in Copenhagen in August.

The stocky Markis, who left the All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) two years ago, said partnering with 23-year-old Gideon has re-ignited his passion for the game.

“I have the experience but lack the power while my inexperienced young partner is full of energy. Together, we believe we can make the men's doubles competition an exciting affair,” said Markis.

Gideon said: “I cannot thank Markis enough for choosing me as his partner. I have learnt so much from him in a short span of time. I am more confident as a player and I am looking forward to achieving great things with him,” added Gideon.

When asked whether there is any rivalry with his former partner Hendra Setiawan, who also has a new younger partner, Markis replied: “It does make it interesting, right? Anyway, that was not the intention. An old timer like me must change with the times and take whatever opportunity to stay ahead of the others. Teaming up with a younger partner is working for me – at least I am able to transfer my knowledge to the younger generation.”

Markis' former partner Hendra took his chances with Mohd Ahsan in 2013 and they have proven to be a big hit. They pair, who won last year's world title and nailed the All-England this year, are currently the world No. 1.

In the ongoing Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold, Markis-Gideon are one of the title contenders.

They have an easy second round match against Malaysia's Jagdish Singh-Roni Tan Wee Long on Thursday and if they win, they are set to take on the winner of the match between Malaysia's Tan Boon Heong-Ow Yao Han and Indonesians Hardianto Hardianto-Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra on Friday.

Tags / Keywords: badminton , Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold , Markis Kido , Gideon Markus Fernaldi , Hendra Setiawan , Mohd Ahsan


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