Indonesian Doubles Cause Seeds Trouble
Two unseeded Indonesian badminton doubles teams pulled off major upsets in the Singapore Open Super Series on Thursday.
Anneke Feinya Agustin and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari fought back from a set down for a shocking 14-21, 21-15, 23-21 defeat of women’s doubles second seeds Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na of South Korea at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Anneke and Nitya, world No. 18, needed 62 minutes to oust the Koreans and advance to their first career Super Series quarterfinals.
In the last eight round today, they will either play compatriots and No. 8 seeds Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari or Indian pair Jwalla Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.
Another surpris e came in the mixed doubles, with Hendra Setiawan and Vita Marissa edging fifth-seeded He Hanbin and Yu Yang of China 21-17, 17-21, 21-15.
Though Hendra is a former men’s doubles top rank with partner Markis Kido, he has partnered Vita in mixed doubles for just five months.
It was their best result so far after losing in the second round of the German Open, All England and the Indonesia Open.
“I think we’re getting more comfortable playing alongside each other,” Vita said by text message. “I hope we’ll keep improving and playing even better together in the future matches.”
Hendra and Vita will next play against fourth-seeded Japan’s pair Shintaro Ikeda and Reiko Shiota, a 21-13, 21-16 winner over Thitipong Lapoe and Peeraya Munkitamorn of Thailand.
In men’s singles, Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka won the battle between Indonesia’s two future stars.
Hayom beat Tommy Sugiarto 21-19, 21-17 to advance to the last eight round of the $200,000 tournament. It was Hayom’s third victory in four duels against the world No. 17.
The 23-year-old shuttler will face Thai Boonsak Ponsana in the quarterfinal today. Boonsak earned his berth by defeating R.M.V. Gurusaidutt of India 21-12, 21-8.
Sony Dwi Kuncoro also cruised to the last eight round with a 21-11, 21-17 victory over Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in the second round.
Viktor Axelsen will be Sony’s next foe after the Dane won 21-19, 21-17 over Anand Pawar of India.