Ahsan & Setiawan Show Their World Beating Performance
- 20 September 2013
In an astonishing display of all-round power and know how, it looked that the match would be one sided in favor towards Indonesian pair. However, Japanese pair fought fiercely and it was really close match. In the course of the match, every rally took super-fast flied lows with smashes and drives.
In the first game, Indonesian duo couldn’t permit any point lead to Japanese duo through the game. They earned consecutive points constantly and closed the first game at 21-19.
In the second game, Japanese duo overtook by scoring 5 consecutive points from 13-14 to 17-14 in the latter half of the game. However world championship champions came back and barely finished the game at 21-19.
After the match at mixed zone, Indonesian duo said “Japanese duo played well without any pressure. Actually we had only 2 weeks to prepare for YOJ2013. Therefore, we were in 80% condition today, but we’ll play each match precisely and go for the 1st prize.”
Slow pace playing by Lee in the very beginning of the first game gave priceless opportunity to his opponent. Pawar could take 5 consecutive points scoring 0-5. Taken aback by the aggressiveness of his opponent, Lee hurried to pace up his footwork speed and quality of shots. This knocked Pawar off his pace so that he couldn't catch up with Lee's speed. This followed by number of unforced errors by Pawar. In the second game, Lee made the most of his opportunities to display his own play style many times. Especially shots combinations with steep fast smashes and dashing pushes toward forecourt. Finally, Lee treated fans with his famous move 'diving defense and rest' at match point and closed the match at 21-16.
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Tournament Results - Day 2
Men’s Singles - 2nd Round
Women’s Singles - 2nd Round
Minatsu Mitani (JPN) def. Yuka Kusunose (JPN) 21-16 21-15
Men’s Doubles - 2nd Round
Hirokatsu Hashimoto /Noriyasu Hirata (JPN) def. Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki (AT900T)/Hendra Aprida Gunawan (VTZF)(INA) 18-21 21-14 21-15
Women’s Doubles - 2nd Round
Ayaka Takahashi /Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Ng Hui Ern/Ng Hui Lin (MAS) 21-13 21-15
Poon Lok Yan (VT80)/Tse Ying Suet (ARC10)(HKG) def. Anna Rankin/Madeleine Stapleton (AUS) 21-11 21-15
Mixed Doubles - 2nd Round