Two Golds Stay With Hosts of 2018 Indonesia Open

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, left, and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo celebrate as they defeat Denmark's Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Colding in the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open on Friday (06/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : Amal Ganesha | on 2:32 PM July 09, 2018
Category : Sports, Badminton, Featured

Jakarta. Indonesia won two titles in the mixed doubles and men's doubles finals of the 2018 Indonesia Open at the Istoran Senayan indoor stadium in Jakarta on Sunday (08/07).

The country's top mixed doubles pair Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad beat Malaysia's Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying by straight sets 21-17, 21-8.

Meanwhile, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo defeated Japan's Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko, also by straight sets, 21-13, 21-16.

The remaining gold went to Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying in women's singles, Japan's Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara in women's doubles and Japan's Kento Momota in men's singles.

According to the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), each day the six-day tournament attracted 4,000 spectators on average, by 1,000 more than last year.

"The Indonesia Open has improved, this year it offered more entertaining games ... I think the Indonesia Open is one of the best [badminton tournaments]," said Darren Parks of the Badminton World Federation, as quoted on the PBSI's website on Sunday.

This year, 256 world's top players competed in the $1.25-million-prize tournament. It was upgraded from the Super Series Premier to BWF World Tour Super 1000, which made it equal to China Open and All England Open.

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