Jonatan Christie: 'I want my revenge. I’ve beaten (Shi Yuqi) before but he got the better of me. I know I can beat him and this time I will make sure I win.'
ALOR SETAR: Revenge is a dish best served cold.
And shuttler Jonatan Christie has just that on his mind as he plans a showdown against arch rival Shi Yuqi for the boys’ singles crown at the on-going World Junior Championships.
Top seed Jonatan’s desire for redemption is fuelled by his 21-19, 22-20 loss to Yuqi during the final of the mixed team event on Friday.
“I want my revenge,” said Jonatan curtly.
“I’ve beaten him before but he got the better of me. I know I can beat him and this time I will make sure I win,” added the 17-year-old from Jakarta.
“I was too nervous on Friday. I kept thinking I could kill the point with my shots and it got down to the wire (21-21) and it was too much. But I won’t make the same mistake again,” he continued.
“My biggest threats are these five – Yuqi, Ye Bingjong, Zhao Junpeng and Lin Guipu from China and Lee Cheuk Yiu from Hong Kong whom I lost to the other day.”
And Jonatan may just see it done if he makes it all the way.
Drawn in the top half of the boys’ singles matches, Jonatan has already checked himself into the second round after receiving a first-round bye.
He should easily dispose of Algeria’s Youcef Sabri Medel in the second round with Matthew Clare not posing much trouble in the third. Things will get dicey in the fourth round against joint ninth seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark, and a win will see him face either China’s Guipu or Hong Kong’s Cheuk Yiu in the quarters.
Should there be no upsets, he’s likely to meet China’s Junpeng in the semi-finals.
Yuqi who is in the bottom half of the draw will have to contend with Indonesia’s joint-ninth seed Muhammad Bayu Pangisthu in the fourth round with Dane Gemke Rasmus or France’s Tanguy Citron as his likely opponents in the quarter-finals. An encounter with Vietnam’s Pham Cao Cuong or India’s Aditya Joshi is also on the cards for the Chinese second seed in the semi-finals.
Jonatan announced his arrival on the badminton scene in style when he beat Alamsyah Yunus 21-17, 21-10 at last year’s Indonesian International Challenge tournament to bag his first senior title.
Becoming Indonesia’s first boys’ singles World Junior champion would be a giant step in his fledgling career.
Rudy Ignatius (1996), Arief Rasidi (1998), Sony Dwi Kuncoro (2000) and Tommy Sugiarto (2006) all came very close, finishing runners-up in their respective years. And most recently, Ihsan Maulana Mustofa finished third last year.