Indonesian shuttler Jonatan Christie, last year's Asian Games champion, beats Danish Rasmus Gemke in straight sets on the first day of the Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 at Istora Senayan in Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Packed to the Rafters: First Day of Indonesia Open 2019
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
JULY 17, 2019
The Blibli Indonesia Open 2019, one of the richest badminton tournaments in the world, kicked off at the Istora Senayan indoor stadium in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.
Indonesia dominated the first day of the tournament with last year's men's doubles winners Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon going through to the second round by defeating Japanese pair Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko in rubber sets, 20-22, 21-16, 21-14.
Indonesia's favorite women's doubles pair, Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu, also went through by defeating another Japanese pair, Ayako Sakuramoto and Yukiko Takahata, in straight sets, 21-15, 21-16.
The home-grown singles players also flourished, with last year's Asian Games men's singles champion Jonatan Christie and women's singles player Mariska Tunjung also winning easily.
A total of 236 of the world's best players from 20 countries will compete for the $1.25 million prize money.
The Indonesia Open is now part of the Super Series Premier of the BWF World Tour. It offers the same prize money as the China Open and All England.
Jakarta Globe's photographer Yudha Baskoro has been sponsored by Canon Datascrip Indonesia to capture Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 part of the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000. All photos in this story were taken using Canon's profesional camera, Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and Canon EF 400 mm f/5.6L USM lens.