Greysia and Meiliana Advance to Semifinals, While Sony Stumbles
Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari reached the semifinals of the Indonesia Open with a stunning victory but rebounding singles star Sony Dwi Kuncoro fell short.
Greysia and Meiliana trumped No. 8 seeds Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna 21-13, 21-16 in the women’s doubles quarterfinals in South Jakarta to reach today’s semifinals.
They will play second-seed Chinese pair Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei, who ousted compatriots Huan Xia and Tang Jinhua 21-11, 21-15.
It will be the Indonesian pair’s first semifinal in badminton’s top tier competition since the 2010 Singapore Open, when they lost to Kim Min-jung and Lee Hyo-jung.
It was also their best achievement in their home tournament, following last year’s quarterfinals loss.
“We’ve been playing at our best in the tournament,” Meiliana said. “We usually have a hard time against them but we were comfortable with our games.”
Greysia and Meiliana had never won in previous four meetings against the Japanese duo they defeated.
Now the world No. 13 pair is looking forward to their semifinal clash against Tian and Zhao. The teams have met once before, in a qualifying round of the 2012 Uber Cup in February. Greysia and Meiliana were beaten 21-7, 21-9 on that occasion.
Greysia said they learned lessons from that loss and were ready to challenge the Chinese pair. “All we need right now is a good rest so we’ll recover well and try our best,” she said after Friday’s victory.
No local shuttlers have won in women’s doubles since Vita Marissa and Liliyana Natsir captured the 2008 trophy.
The other semifinal match in women’s doubles will be an all-China affair, with top seeds and defending champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang facing Bao Yixin and Zhong Qianxin.
In men’s singles, Sony failed to continue his comeback from injury, losing to China’s Du Pengyu 21-14, 21-15.
Since fully recovering from a variety of injuries — including recurring back injuries in the past two years — Sony has been performing at his peak.
He won the Thailand Open in Bangkok last Sunday, beating world No. 2 Lin Dan on his way to the trophy.
He ousted third-seed Peter Gade in the first round of this week’s event, and defeated fellow Indonesian Taufik Hidayat before losing to Du, the No. 8 seed.
“I wasn’t as strong as in previous matches. I played my best but failed to cope with Du’s pressure,” Sony said. “But I’m happy with my performance.”
Du will face Hong Kong’s Hu Yun in the next round.
Simon Santoso became the host team’s last man standing in the semifinals of men’s singles, beating compatriot Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka, 21-17, 21-7.
The seventh seed will play against India’s Kashyap Parupalli, a 21-15, 21-14 winner over Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark. Parupalli is ranked 26th in the world.
Today’s play at Istora Gelora Bung Karno is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.