Lee, Ahsan & Setiawan Crown Indonesia OP Titles
- 17 June 2013
The Indonesia Open Superseries Premier 2013 became the emotional tournament with the retirement of the legend, Taufik Hidayat (ARC11TH). After winning his 4th title of 2013, world #1 Lee Chong Wei (VTZF, SHB01LTD) was wearing a “WE LOVE TAUFIK” T-shirt at the podium.
Please check legendary Taufik’s last racquet from here. http://www.yonex.com/legendaryplayer/arc11th/index.html
Chong Wei faced Marc Zwiebler (ARC11) of Germany in the final. At the previous round, Marc defeated Tommy Sugiarto (ARC11), who won the brilliant victory against world #2 Chen Long in the first round. Both Chong Wei and Marc earned smash winners so much, however, Chong Wei overwhelmed with the power. Marc made 17 smash winners, while Chong Wei took 23. Chong Wei captured his 32nd Superseries title with the score of 21-15 21-14.
With the huge support from their home crowds, Mohammad Ahsan (ARC-FB, SHB01LTD)/Hendra Setiawan (NR800) attacked aggressively to earn 14 smash winners and 20 net winners against world #1 ranked Ko Sung Hyun/Lee Yong Dae. Mohammad and Hendra allowed the opponent just 6 smash and 14 net winners. It was not an easy tournament for them, however, no seeded Mohammad and Hendra defeated #4 seed Hiroyuki Endo (VTZF)/Kenichi Hayakawa, #5 seed Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng en route. And finally, the Indonesian took the title by 21-14 21-18.
Christinna Pedersen(NR800, SHB01-LX)/Joachim Fischer defeated #2 seed Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir in the semifinal to reach the final. It became the nail-biting game against #3 seed Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei and Christinna/Joachim became the runners-up with a score of 22-24 22-20 12-21.
Tournament Results - Finals
Li Xuerui (CHN) def. Juliane Schenk (GER) 21-16 18-21 21-17
Bao Yixin/Cheng Shu (CHN) def. Wang Xiaoli/YU Yang (F) (CHN) 15-21 21-18 21-18
*Lee’s image is from the Sudirman Cup 2013.
Ahsan & Setiawan’s images are from the All England Open 2013.