Indonesia Can Still Win Three Golds in Badminton at SEA Games

Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto have advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 SEA Games men's doubles individual event. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

By : Amal Ganesha | on 4:17 PM August 28, 2017
Category : Sports, Badminton

Jakarta. Indonesia's four representatives at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games badminton semifinals can win three more gold medals from the country's most successful sport.

Shuttlers Jonatan Christie and Ihsan Maulana Mustofa defeated Singaporean players Ng Zin Rei Ryan and Kean Yew Loh in the men's singles quarterfinals on Sunday (27/08).

Ihsan is scheduled to face Thailand's Khosit Phetpradab, while Jonatan will see Vietnamese Tien Minh Nguyen in the semifinals on Monday (28/08).

In the men's doubles, Indonesia has Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto, who beat Malaysia's Sze Fei Goh and Nur Izzuddin in the quarterfinals on Sunday by 21-10 and 21-14 in only 29 minutes.

Indonesia's men's doubles shuttlers have been known for their aggressive style.

"We always play aggressively, we don't want to allow our opponents time to construct their own offence," Fajar said, as quoted on the Indonesian Badminton Federation (PBSI) website on Sunday.

Fajar and Rian played the most important role in the men's team final on Thursday, when they beat Malaysia's Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi by 21-12, 16-21 and 21-14 in the second match, which helped Indonesia win the gold, defeating the host by 3-0.

Ong Yew and Teo Ee has also advanced to the semifinals on Monday, making it still possible for them to revenge on the Indonesians who will play against Thailand's Kittinupong Kedren and Dechapol Puavaranukroh.

"We have earlier won with them [Kedren and Puavaranukroh], but we must be careful as they've played on the super series level several times," Fajar said.

"The PBSI expects another gold from us ... from a burden we turn it into a motivation. The most important thing is that we play the 100 percent [of what we can play]," he added.

In the women's singles, Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska Tunjung advanced to the semifinals after beating Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan by 17-21, 22-20 and 21-17 in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Gregoria will face the hosts' Soniia Cheah on Monday.

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