Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen roars after winning the Indonesia Open final in Jakarta on Sunday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Modern Badminton Powerhouse Japan Dominates Indonesia Open 2019

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

JULY 22, 2019

Indonesia's best badminton men's doubles pair, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, the Asian Games 2018 champions affectionately known as "The Minions," defended their Indonesia Open title on Sunday by beating compatriots Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan in straight sets, 21-19 and 21-16, in just 28 minutes.

Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen won his first BWF World Tour Super 1000 title in the men's singles after a fierce one-and-a-half-hour duel with Daners Antonsen of Denmark in rubber sets, 21-18, 24-26 and 21-15. 

Zheng Siwei and Huang Ya Qiong won the all-Chinese mixed doubles final after overcoming compatriots Wang Yi Lu and Huang Dong Ping in straight sets, 21-13 and 21-18. 

Badminton's new powerhouse Japan swept all before them in the women's singles and women's doubles.

Akane Yamaguchi won the women's singles title after defeating India's Pusarla V. Sindhu in tight straight sets, 21-15 and 21-16.

Tournament favorites Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota meanwhile defended their women's doubles title by beating compatriots Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, also in straight sets, 21-16 and 21-18. 

There will be no rest for the players as they head to the Japan Open 2019, part of the BWF World Tour Super 750, in Tokyo next week. 

Jakarta Globe photographer Yudha Baskoro was sponsored by Canon Datascrip Indonesia to capture all the actions at the Blibli Indonesia Open 2019, part of the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000. All photos were taken with a Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II professional camera equipped with Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 40 mm f/2.8 STM, Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM and Canon EF 400 mm f/5.6L USM lenses.

All Indonesian Finals : The Minions and The Daddies duel for the first place during 2019 Indonesia Open final match at Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Jakarta on Sunday (21/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An all-Indonesian final in the men's doubles: The Minions vs. The Daddies. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan in action during the womens doubles final of 2019 Indonesia Open (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan in action during the women's doubles final. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Akane Yamaguchi came out as champion after defeating Indias shuttler, Pusarla V. Sindhu 21-15 and 21-16 in womens single. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Japan's Akane Yamaguchi on her way to defeating India's Pusarla V. Sindhu in the women's singles final. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Pusarla V. Sindhu seen dissapoint after lost against Japanese Akane Yamaguchi in womens single. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Pusarla V. Sindhu of India looking dejected after her final's loss against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Japans favorite women
Tournament favorites Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota celebrate their victory in the women's doubles. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mens single 91 minutes duel between Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen and Daners Antonsen of Denmark. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoor)
Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen and Daners Antonsen of Denmark during their closely contested final match. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Zheng Siwei and Huang Ya Qiong won the all chinese mix double final after overcome their compatriot Wang Yi Lu and Huang Dong Ping  21-13 and 21-18. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Zheng Siwei and Huang Ya Qiong won the all-Chinese mixed doubles final. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Daners Antonsen of Denmark must admit Chou Tien Chens agility and durability after long rubber sets duel. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Denmark's Daners Antonsen deep in thought during the final. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen and Daners Antonsen of Denmark were exhausted and lay togethe on the arena. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Exhausted Chen and Antonsen after their marathon final. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon defend their Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 part of the BWF World Tour Super 1000 men
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon aka The Minions. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in action during mens double final of 2019 Indonesia Open at Gelora Bung Karno Sport Complex on Sunday (21/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Kevin jumps for a smash during the men's doubles final. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan cant handle the Minions speed and killer smash during mens doubles final of 2019 Indonesia Open. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan during the all-Indonesian men's doubles final. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesian men
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon celebrate their 2019 Indonesia Open final victory. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon carries his first born child to the podium with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo on Sunday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Marcus carries his baby to the winners' podium. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Hendra Setiawan, Mohammad Ahsan and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon bring their children to the podium to celebrate their victory in 2019 Indonesia Open. The internet and local media highlighted Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo who went up to the podium alone. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)
The men's doubles final was a family affair. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

 

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