The quarterfinals have now ended and here is a quick recap of the results and who we will see in the semifinals that will be played later today.
PV Sindhu storms into the semifinals
PV Sindhu needed just 44 minutes to clinch a straight-game win over familiar foe and 2nd seed Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles. Sindhu took time to get going but she didn’t look back after clinching a 3-point lead at 11-8 in the first mid-game break of the quarter-final. The Indian shuttler was dominating the rallies as she mixed aggression with a solid defense to get the better of her arch-rival. While some of their previous outings, including the famous World Championships final from 2017, were known for long rallies and three-game marathons, Okuhara was struggling to even win points against Sindhu on Friday. The Indian shuttler avenged her straight-game defeat at Singapore Open from earlier this year with a commanding display of badminton.
Sindhu had been struggling for consistency in 2019. The Rio Olympic silver medallist was knocked out in the first round of Sudirman Cup and the second round at Australian Open in June but a month-long break seems to have done her good. Friday’s performance against Nozomi Okuhara should give Sindhu a lot of confidence heading into the Asian leg of the tour. Sindhu will face 2nd seed Chen Yufei in the semi-final. The women’s singles star is the only Indian shuttler who remains in contention for a medal at Indonesia Open. “I just felt good about my game today, and my feet were moving well,” Sindhu said after the match. “I wanted to avoid getting into long rallies with her, and I was able to keep the rallies short. I have done a lot of speed work during training in the past couple of months, and I could feel the full effect today.”
Indonesia had two men’s doubles pairs in the quarterfinals on Friday, making them the nation’s only hope to seize a title of Indonesia Open badminton tournament this year. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo sealed their semifinal berth after winning their easy match against Chinese contenders Ou Xuanyi/Zhang Nan that lasted in half an hour with scores of 21-12 and 21-16. Marcus and Kevin will take on another Chinese pair Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen who thrashed compatriots He Jiting/Tan Qiang 21-17, 21-12 in the quarter-finals.
Indonesian Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan also qualified after defeating Japanese Yuta Watanabe/Hiroyuki Endo, 21-15, 9-21, 22-20.“Thank God that we can pass through this crucial match. We won first, but our opponent can turn the situation down (in the second game), later on, we can get it back,” Ahsan told a press conference on the sidelines of the quarter-final match in Jakarta’s landmark badminton arena here. Indonesian players failed to qualify in other events.
2018 Asian Games gold medalist Jonatan Christie was stopped by Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen in the men’s singles by 21-16, 18-21 and 14-21. Competing at the Bung Karno Sports Stadium, Senayan, here Friday, July 19, the player who is more familiarly known as ‘Jojo’ was overthrown by fourth seed Chou in three games that lasted for 76 minutes with the score at 21-16, 18-21, 14-21 in the Super 1000 level badminton tournament.
On Friday, Anders Antonsen secured a seat among the last four in one of the year’s biggest tournaments when he beat Malaysian Lee Zii Jia in two sets with the numbers 21-16, 21-11. It is the first time in Antonsen’s career that he reaches the semi-finals in a so-called Super 1000 tournament, which is the second-highest level on the World Tour. Only the season finals rank higher. On Saturday, Wong Wing Ki Vincent from Hong Kong is waiting for a final place.
National mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing continue their excellent run at the Indonesian Open after defeating English pair Chris and Gabrielle Adcock on Friday to progress into the semi-finals. The Malaysians needed three games to dispose of the husband and wife pairing 21-15, 14-21, 21-15 at Istora Senayan Stadium. Tan-Lai will face Chinese pair Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong in the semi-finals today.
Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying silenced the vociferous home fans at Istora Senayan by snuffing out their only local hope in the mixed doubles to reach the Indonesian Open semi-finals in Jakarta. The independent pair battled their way against the 2016 Rio Olympic Games champion Tontowi Ahmad and his new partner Winny Oktavina Kandow for a 21-11, 14-21, 21-14 win in the quarter-finals yesterday. There was no better way to settle the score against the Indonesian pair in their own backyard as Peng Soon-Liu Ying had lost to them 15-21, 21-16, 21-23 in the second round of the All-England in March. The world No. 5 face world No. 2 Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping of China for a place in the final. Yilyu-Dongping prevented an all-Malaysian semi-finals by beating Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie 21-4, 21-15. Liu Ying and Peng Soon reached the final last year before going down fighting to defending champions Tontowi and Lilyana Natsir. “It was a very tough match although their partnership is still new. They are a strong pair,” said Liu Ying. “The deciding game was the toughest as there were more rallies but I’m just glad we came through.” Peng Soon said: “We controlled the pace of the game in the first game but they changed their strategy in the second. It broke our rhythm and tempo. It was close in the third game but they relaxed after the interval and it gave us the chance to take control of the match all the way.” Peng Soon is expecting a close duel against Yilyu-Dongping as both pairs have a 2-2 record.
Meanwhile, in women’s doubles group, the tournament’s 2017 champion Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan from China will take on Japanese opponents Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota in the semifinals. The Chinese pair stopped their compatriots Du Yue/Li Yinhui, 21-17, 21-14.