Pedersen Wins, Tago, Ahsan/Setiawan & Intanon Runners-up at Indonesia Open
- 23 June 2014
Hot on the heels of YONEX OPEN JAPAN 2014, the Indonesia Open Superseries Premier was held from June 17th to 22nd in Jakarta. Christinna Pedersen (NANORAY 800, SHB-01LX)/Joachim Fischer Nielsen won the mixed doubles title defeating China’s Xu Chen/Ma Jin, 18-21 21-16 21-14. Kenichi Tago (NANORAY Z-SPEED), Mohammad Ahsan (NANORAY 900, SHB87LTD)/Hendra Setiawan (NANORAY 900, SHBF1NLTD) and Ratchanok Intanon (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE 2, SHBF1NLX) were runners-up.
After defeating the strong Korean pairs of Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na in the quarterfinal and Lee Yong Dae/Shin Seung Chan in the semifinal en route, No. 4 seed Christinna/Joachim faced No. 3 seed Chen/Jin in the final. After losing the first game by 18-21, the Danish pair began to employ short and deep shots effectively to lure their opponents around the court. They took the second game with a driving shot winner, 21-16. Christinna/Joachim got off to a good start in the final set with a 5-0 lead, maintaining it until the end. The final score was 18-21 21-16 21-14.
In the men’s singles, Kenichi advanced to the final after defeating defending champion and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE 2, SHB01LTD) for the second time in his career. Despite losing to Chong Wei at last week’s YONEX OPEN JAPAN 2014, a determined Kenichi took to the world No.1 shuttler with faster attacks this time around. Kenichi commanded a huge lead in the first game at 15-5, and took it in the end at 21-16. The second set proved more difficult, and saw Chong Wei retaliating with his trademark immense speed and power, grabbing the set at 21-15. Both shuttlers looked exhausted by the decider, but Kenichi played tenaciously after 12-11, widening his lead to 17-12. Finally, Kenichi ended the match at 21-16 15-21 21-16. He has been boasting great performance this year, despite losing to Jan O Jorgensen in the final.
Mohammad/Hendra advanced to the final for their second week in a row. They won two full-set matches in the quarterfinal and semifinal in front of their home crowd, but lost to Korea’s Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong in the final.
Ratchanok advanced to the women’s singles final after winning several tough matches. She faced Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi (VOLTRIC 80) in the first round, who defeated Ratchanok in the Malaysia Open in January. It was a nail-biting match, with Ratchanok winning this time with a score of 21-18 19-21 21-18. She also played a full-set match against world No. 2 Wang Shixian of China in the semifinal. While Shixian took the first game by 21-19, Ratchanok took the initiative throughout the second and final game. She refused to allow her opponent the lead in the decider and closed the match with 19-21 21-16 21-13. Although she lost to Li Xuerui in the final, she feels her performance is back in top-form now.
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Tournament Result: Final Score
Jan O Jorgensen (DEN) def. Kenichi Tago (JPN) 21-18 21-19
Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) def. Ma Jin/Tang Yuanting (CHN) Walkover
Images of Pedersen, Ahsan/Setiawan and Intanon are from YONEX OPEN JAPAN 2014.