Indonesia Makes a Breakthrough at Singapore Open
- 24 June 2013
The last Superseries event before the World Championships in August, the Singapore Open Superseries was held from June 18th to 23rd. World #14 ranked Tommy Sugiarto (ARC11, SHB01LTD) won his first ever Superseries title and it was the third title for world #7 Mohammad Ahsan (ARC-FB, SHB01LTD)/Hendra Setiawan (NR800).
Before the final of men’s singles, unseeded Tommy defeated 2 top 10 players, Wang Zhengming of China and Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam en route. Facing another top 10 player, Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand, Tommy lost the close first game by 20-22. The second game was, on the contrary, one sided. Tommy allowed the opponent just 5 points, 21-5. He also led the decider and finally, he finished the game with a strong push shot, 21-17. The perfect choice for Tommy’s game is ARCSABER 11. After changing his racquet, the 25-year-old Tommy became the semifinalist at the Indonesia Open last week and crowned the Singapore Open title this time.
In the men’s doubles, it was the same matchup as the final of Indonesia Open last week. World #7 Mohammad/Hendra faced #1 Ko Sung Hyun/Lee Yong Dae of Korea. Mohammad/Hendra were solid enough to have a lead during the whole match. Hendra controlled the speedy rally with his perfect choice NANORAY 800 and Mohammad attacked sharply to pile up points with his ARCSABER FB. The unstoppable Indonesian duo closed the match with 21-15 21-18 in 34 minutes.
World #2 in the women’s doubles, Japan’s Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo became the runners-up after reaching the final by winning all the match in straight sets.
Now strong Indonesia is back on the top stage and there is sure to be many more final showdown appearances for them in the future. Their next target is the World Championships which will be held from August 5th to 11th. Don’t miss it.
Tournament Results - Finals
Wang Yihan (CHN) def. Li Xuerui (CHN) 21-18 21-12
Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) def. Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) 21-19 21-16
Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (INA) def. Yoo Yeon Seong/Eom Hye Won (KOR) 21-12 21-12
*Sugiarto’s image is from the India Open 2013.
Ahsan & Setiawan’s images are from the Indonesia Open 2013.