Indonesia’s Gideon Markus Fernaldi (top) and Markis Kido did well to reach the third round with a 21-15, 23-25, 21-9 win over younger compatriots Berry Angriawan-Ricky Karanda Suwardi. — Filepic
COPENHAGEN: Indonesia’s men doubles shuttler Markis Kido was spotted with two bottles of ointment.
“This is for all my body aches. It is getting tougher and tougher every year and I am getting older and older,” said the 30-year-old stocky Markis with a big smile on his face.
Despite the brutally challenging action in the men’s doubles, Markis said he has made no plans to slow down.
At the ongoing World Championships, Markis has a younger partner (Gideon Markus Fernaldi) and the duo did well to reach the third round with a 21-15, 23-25, 21-9 win over younger compatriots Berry Angriawan-Ricky Karanda Suwardi.
They meet former All-England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China for a place in the quarter-finals.
“The men’s doubles race is still wide open. Gideon and I are hoping to make a big breakthrough here,” added Markis, who won the French Open with Gideon last year – to mark their entrance as one of the feared pairs in the world of badminton.
Markis has won the title once with his former partner Hendra Setiawan at the 2007 edition in Kuala Lumpur but the duo have gone separate ways after the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Hendra has won his second world title with a younger player – Mohd Ahsan at the last edition in Guangzhou and Markis is quietly hoping to make it two too.