The tournament has now finished the last matches. It has offered excitement, defending champions and, not least, a lot of fantastic fans – get an overview of the winners below!
PV Sindhu loses one-sided final to Akane Yamaguchi
A number of unforced errors coupled with scorching smashes from Akane Yamaguchi meant that PV Sinchu failed to overcome the hurdle of the final once again as her Japanese opponent lifted the Indonesia Open 2019 women’s title in Jakarta earlier today.
This is only the 5th defeat for Sindhu in 15 meetings against Yamaguchi but her continuing poor form in the finals of major tournaments remains a major worry for the ace shuttler. The first game was a close affair with the two players going toe to toe for much of it. After 8-8, however, it was the Hyderabadi shuttler who took three consecutive points as Yamaguchi missed her lines and the world no. 5 ranked Indian went into the first game interval with a 11-8 lead. Yamaguchi then fought back and the game was level until 14-14. The Japanese went on the offensive again and raced to an 18-14 lead. She eventually extended the streak to nine striaght points and won the game 21-15 in 21 minutes. The Japanese never took her foot off the pedal after that and the second game was a much more one-sided affair. Aside from showing glimpses of a fight back, Sindhu was second best for much of the second game and lost 21-16 in another 31 minutes, thereby losing an opportunity to win her first title of the season. This was Sindhu’s first final of 2019. She has had two semi-final finishes this year — at the India Open in March, the Singapore Open in April. She will next be seen at the Japan Open in July and the Thailand Open in August in the lead up to the BWF World Championships.
“I am very happy with this victory. This is the first time I’ve won in Indonesia and also at a Super 1000 tournament. I enjoyed play here in Jakarta because my name is called very enthusiastically. While in my own country it’s not like that,” Yamaguchi said with a big smile.
An amazing match in the men’s singles!
Taiwanese shuttler Chou Tien Chen won the men’s singles event after beating Danish Antonsen in the finals. Playing at the Court 1 of the Bung Karno sports stadium, the fourth seeded male singles player who successfully defeated Antonsen in three games that ran for 90 minutes with a score of 21-18, 24-26, 21-15. In the first game, Chou continued to lead the game. At the second tally of the points, Chou won 13-5 over Antonsen. On the final points, Antonsen had chased, but still failed to get past Chou, until finally Chou won with a score of 21-18. In the second game, the game was tight. Both Chou and Antonsen chased each other points throughout the game. The position of both of them had a chance to draw. However towards the end of the game, Antonsen led with a score of 26-24. In the decisive game, the two played tougher again. Throughout the match, Chou and Antonsen alternately led to the tally of points. Chou’s smashes were also anticipated several times by Antonsen. However, at the end of the game, Antonsen was still unable to beat Chou who managed to emerge as the winner with the score of 21-15.
Chou Tien Chen and Anders Antonsen had previously met four times on the field, namely since the 2017 Yonex German Open tournament. Of the four meetings, Chou was recorded as having never experienced defeats over the Danish badminton player.
China secured the mixed doubles title
The world #1 mixed doubles pair from China, Zheng Siwei / Huang Yaqiong also had good reason to celebrate their result in the final of the 2019 Indonesia Open. Since the beginning of the new BWF World Tour, the duo has won all of the Super 750 events and already this year, they captured both of the Super 1000 titles that eluded them in 2018. Challenge their compatriots in the final in Jakarta, Zheng/Huang did not provide the space for Wang Yilyu / Huang Dongping to develop their game. The world #1 won in two straight games to claim their second title in Istora Senayan after they won Asian Games gold last summer. “We played quite well, the preparation was also good, especially the atmosphere on the court was very supportive so we could win the match today,” Huang Yaqiong said. This rather lucrative victory marked the first time they had won a title in Indonesia that was accompanied by a paycheque, even though they have won so many titles, including the prestigious World Championships in addition to the Jakarta Asian Games. In the last two years, the Indonesia Open title has belongs to the home partnership Tontowi Ahmad / Liliyana Natsir.
“We can admit that the absence of the Tontowi Ahmad / Liliyana Natsir at this tournament was very profitable, because the pair usually performed well when competing as the host,” Zheng said. With this championship achievement, world’s top mixed pair is also more ambitious to collect all the tournament titles held by the BWF before focusing on next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.
Defended the title in the women’s doubles
The afternoon opened in Jakarta with Yuki Fukushima / Sayaka Hirota successfully defending the Indonesia Open title they won last summer. This time, Fukushima/Hirota won the second Indonesia Open title by defeating their compatriots Misaki Matsumoto / Ayaka Takahashi. In the final match held at Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Fukushima/Hirota managed to take the lead from the start of the match. The world #2 pair did not experience significant difficulties and closed out the first game with a score of 21-16. Not wanting to go down easily, Matsutomo/Takahashi tried to attack more in the second game. The 2016 Olympic gold medallists even took a 17-10 lead but unfortunately, that advantage does not last long. The second seeds then raised the tempo of their game until they managed to tie it at 18-all. Mastutomo/Takahashi, who were sick for 3 days before, were finally defeated with a hard smash to end the match. Fukushima/Hirota won with a final score of 21-16 21-18 in 51 minutes. “In our first game there were no difficulties. In the second game we saw our seniors were not fit enough and I think that was our chance to win,” Hirota said. “The best part of the match was when we were able to play fast and return the opponents’ attack. About the worst part was when we were fooled by the opponents’ game so that we lags far behind after the interval. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s just unfortunate that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to get left behind like that,” said Fukushima.
An extension of a record
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo returned to the championship podium after winning all Indonesian finals over Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan, with a score of 21-19, 21-16. In addition to maintaining the title they got last year, Marcus / Kevin also extended the record of victory over Ahsan / Hendra. In total, they have won seven times against Ahsan / Hendra from nine meetings.
|Men’s Singles||Chou Tien-chen|
|Women’s Singles||Akane Yamaguchi|
|Men’s Doubles|| Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
|Women’s Doubles|| Yuki Fukushima|
|Mixed Doubles|| Zheng Siwei|