Indonesian men’s singles stars take centrestage in Australia


PETALING JAYA: The Indonesian men’s singles shuttlers stamped their class in the first two tournaments offering qualification points for next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

Their two stars – world No. 8 and No. 7 Jonatan Christie and Anthony Ginting - are flexing their muscles at the Australian Open to earn valuable points in the ongoing one-year qualification campaign for the Games.

Jonatan, who won the New Zealand Open last month, set himself up for a back-to-back triumph after ousting top seed Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan 22-20, 13-21, 21-16 in the semi-finals in Australia yesterday.

Jonatan, last year’s Asian Games gold medallist, will clash with teammate Anthony – who had earlier powered past another Taiwanese Wang Tzu-wei 21-17, 21-14 – in today’s final.

Indonesia are counting on Jonatan and Anthony to seal the maximum two tickets to the Tokyo Games.

A nation can send two players to the Games if both are ranked in the world’s top 16 in May next year.

China followed up on their Sudirman Cup triumph two weeks ago with another commanding display after their shuttlers made three of the five finals today.

The Chinese finalists are Chen Yufei (women’s singles), Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (women’s doubles) and Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (mixed doubles).

Malaysia’s challenge in the tournament ended on Friday after Soong Joo Ven and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying lost in the men’s singles and mixed doubles quarter-finals.

Joo Ven was beaten 14-21, 8-21 by Tien-chen while last year’s runners-up Peng Soon-Liu Ying went down 18-21, 20-22 to Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti.Men’s singles: Anthony Ginting (Ina) bt Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) 21-17, 21-14; Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) 22-20, 13-21, 21-16.

Men’s doubles: Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) bt Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae (Kor) 23-25, 21-19, 21-14; Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol (Kor) bt Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) 21-11, 21-14, 21-17.

Women’s singles: Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) bt Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) 21-17, 21-15; Chen Yufei (Chn) bt Nitchaon Jindapol (Tha) 21-10, 23-25, 21-6.

Women’s doubles: Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) bt Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu (Ina) 21-13, 14-21, 21-18; Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) bt Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 15-21, 21-15, 23-21.

Mixed doubles: Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) bt Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 21-13, 21-10; Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Ina) bt Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (Jpn) 21-13, 12-21, 21-17.