Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, aka 'The Minions,' at the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Badminton: Indonesia Dominates at Daihatsu Masters in Jakarta
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
JANUARY 17, 2020
Indonesia dominated the third day of the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2020 badminton tournament at Istora Senayan in Central Jakarta on Thursday. Men's singles player Jonatan Christie won in straight sets against Taiwan's Wang Tzu Wei, 21-15, 21-15, securing a place in the quarter finals. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting also booked his way to the quarters after beating countryman Tommy Sugiarto, 21-16, 21-15.
Women's doubles pair Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu thrashed Canada's Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai, 21-19, 21-10. Greysia and Apriyani will face Japanese duo Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida in the quarter finals.
Meanwhile, mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Apriyani Rahayu — in their debut tournament playing together — failed to make it to the quarters after losing to England's Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock, 9-21, 12-21.
Tantowi's old partner Liliyana Natsir, a Rio Olympic gold medalist, retired last year after a glittering 17-year career.
In the last match of the day, men's doubles pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo beat China's He Ji Ting and Tan Qiang in straight sets, 21-19, 21-13.
Jakarta Globe photographer Yudha Baskoro was sponsored by Canon Datascrip Indonesia to capture all the actions at the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2020, part of the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500. All photos were taken with a Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II professional camera equipped with Canon Canon EF 40 mm f/2.8 STM, Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM.