The BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 is a BWF World Tour 1000 event which will take place at Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Indonesia from 16 to 21 July 2019.
In the men’s singles category, the top field is dominated by top-seeded Kento Momota (Japan), and had the chance to meet Anthony Ginting in the quarterfinals. Not only Momota and Anthony, but the pool is also inhabited by Jonatan Christie who will face Rasmus Gemke (Denmark) in the first match. While in the bottom pool, there will be competition between Shi Yu Qi and Chen Long (China), Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) and Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia). Axelsen’s compatriot Denmark’s Jan Ø. Jørgensen won the Indonesia Open title in 2014. He became the first European men’s singles champion at the Indonesia Open, one of badminton’s most prestigious tournaments.
“Indonesia Open is an important part of the journey of Indonesian athletes to the next 2020 Tokyo Olympics because it has been included in the points calculation. The competition will be tighter but I hope that Indonesian athletes will be able to compete optimally and provide the highest performance, “said Wiranto, Chairperson of the Indonesian Badminton Association Center (PP PBSI).
A lot of well-known players will be experienced in women’s singles. Top-seeded is the Taiwanese badminton player Tai Tzu-Ying. In 2011, she won the title of Taiwanese ranking competition when she was only 16 years and 6 months old, becoming the youngest no. 1 in Taiwanese badminton history. She became world No. 1 in women’s singles on December 2016, age 22, and has been ranked No.1 for 125 weeks (as of 30 April 2019), the most in BWF history, surpassing Li Xuerui. She will meet the young Yeo from Singapore. Second-seeded is Chen Yufei from China. She is currently placed no. 2 in the world and will meet Fitriani from India. Third-seeded is Nozomi Okuhara from Japan. She became the 2017 world champion in Glasgow, Scotland after defeating India’s P. V. Sindhu in the finals and is currently placed no. 3 in the world. This is very promising for the matches!
All in all, you will get to experience a lot of young talent in the women’s singles – all young players with a lot of potential!
The top-seeded pair in the men’s doubles is Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. They won the 2017 All England Open Superseries Premier and were awarded the BWF Best Male Players of the Year for two years in a row after collected seven Superseries titles in 2017 and nine World Tour titles in 2018.“We always keep our focus and as a men’s doubles pair, we remind ourselves of one purpose which is to become champions and as professionals, we try to bring that purpose to our training and we watch what we eat. So, we hope to be the world number one for a very long time,” said Marcus. This will definitely be a pair to look out for! Second-seeded is Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda who will meet Tan and Goh from Malaysia.
The top-seeded Japanese pair is Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara. They were awarded as the 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year by the BWF. They obtained the honor after their win in the 2018 BWF World Championships title and improving their ranking from 14 to 3 in the world. On 30 April 2019, they reached a career-high as a women’s doubles world No. 1. They will meet Honderich and Tsai from Canada. Second-seeded is Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota. Fukushima and Hirota were ranked world No. 1 at the BWF World Ranking on 21 June 2018 but are currently ranked no. 2 in the world. They will meet Piek and Sienen from the Netherlands. We look forward to seeing a lot of exciting matches in especially this category!
China is dominating the top-seedings in this category. No. 1 seeded is Zheng Siwei and Huang Ya Qiong. They are the current World Champion of the 2018 BWF World Champion and Asian Games gold medalist in the mixed doubles. The will meet another Chinese pair, He and Du. Second-seeded is Wang and Huang currently placed as world no. 2 in mixed doubles. In the first round, they will meet Wang and Cheng from Taiwan.
Get an overview of the full draws and matches here
|Men’s Singles||Kento Momota (JAPAN)|
|Women’s Singles||Tai Tzu-Ying (CHINESE Taipei)|
|Men’s Doubles|| Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (INDONESIA)|
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INDONESIA)
|Women’s Doubles|| Yuki Fukushima (JAPAN)|
Sayaka Hirota (JAPAN)
|Mixed Doubles|| Tontowi Ahmad (INDONESIA)|
Liliyana Natsir (INDONESIA)