Photo credit: Tang Shi
Indonesian TV surely has the power during the Asian Games in Jakarta. Indonesia was represented in six matches today and all of them were played on the TV court. The host nation got a positive 4-2 win-lose score in today’s program.
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Jonatan Christie represented their country in the men’s single category. Ginting had the best chances to qualify for next round as he was up against a player from Iran while Christie had the pleasure of top seeded Shi Yuqi.
And things started out just fine for Ginting who ended Mehran Shahbazi’s Asian Games with a win in straight games. The Iranian player ranked 403 in the world only got 27 minutes in Istora Senayan while Ginting can start preparing for his next match against World Champion Kento Momota from Japan.
Jonatan Christie and Shi Yuqi have three victories each from their previous six encounters. The silver medalist from the World Championships in Nanjing won the last battle, which was at the Thomas Cup in May.
The first two games showed a very even level of the two players today. Jonatan Christie won first game 21-19. Shi Yuqi leveled the match by winning second game with the same score. In third game of the 72 minutes long match it was the Indonesian who was on top. He managed to complete the host nation’s success in men’s single today by winning third game 21-17. The first top seeded is out already in the round of 16.
India had two shots, but…
What Indonesia’s men could do, India’s couldn’t. Kidambi Srikanth suffered a straight games loss of 21-23 19-21 against Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent. The Hongkonger therefore got a fine revenge from the Asian Championships in April where he had to retire against Srikanth due to injury.
Hopes were now set on H. S. Prannoy, India’s second single who had also played his opponent of today at the Asian Championships in April. At that time Prannoy won 21-19 in third game and today should also be a three game match.
The Indian was up against Kantaphon Wangcharoen from Thailand who started out like thunder. The Thai bagged first game quite comfortably with 21-12. Prannoy had to come back now to secure some Indian success – and that was exactly what he did as he took second game 21-15. In third game however, Wangcharoen got control of the match again. After more than an hour’s of playing it was the Thai who was ready for the quarterfinal.