King Smash: Indonesia's Attacking Men's Doubles Pair Win at All England

Indonesia's Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, right, and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo go on the attack during the Yonex All England men's doubles final. (Reuters Photo/Andrew Boyers)

By : JG | on 7:09 PM March 13, 2017
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Jakarta. Indonesia's Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon won the men's doubles final at the 2017 Yonex All England Open Badminton Championship against Chinese pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen in straight sets, 21-19 and 21-14, at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England, on Sunday (12/03).

"I still can't believe we are the champions, I'm so happy," 26-year-old Marcus said after the match, as reported on the tournament's official Twitter page @YonexAllEngland.

"Our opponents were anxious so we took advantage from that. But obviously we were also nervous, this is the first time we've won here," he added.

"It has been one of my childhood dreams to win at All England," Kevin replied.

The men's doubles was Indonesia's only success story at the tournament. China's Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong won the mixed doubles, South Korean pair Chang Ye-na and Lee So-hee won the women's doubles, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia won the men's single and Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan won the women's single.

Indonesia has won the men's doubles 19 times at the All England — the world's oldest badminton tournament which has gone on for 45 years.

Marcus, right, and Kevin, left, decided to attack early in the game. (Reuters Photo/Andrew Boyers) Marcus, right, and Kevin, left, decided to attack early in the game. (Reuters Photo/Andrew Boyers)

This was Kevin and Marcus' first win at the All England, and also first win against the Chinese pair. (Reuters Photo/Andrew Boyers) This was Kevin and Marcus' first win at the All England, and also first win against the Chinese pair. (Reuters Photo/Andrew Boyers)

Marcus and Kevin celebrate their victory in straight sets. (Reuters Photo/Andrew Boyers) Marcus and Kevin celebrate their victory in straight sets. (Reuters Photo/Andrew Boyers)

Indonesia has won the men's doubles 19 times in the All England's 45-year history. (Reuters Photo/Andrew Boyers) Indonesia has won the men's doubles 19 times in the All England's 45-year history. (Reuters Photo/Andrew Boyers)

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