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.