TOKYO - Indonesia failed to pass men's singles at the Japan Open 2017. The last representative of men's singles, Tommy Sugiarto failed to reach the quarter-finals after surrendering in the hands of Lee Chong Wei.
Shown at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Thursday (21/9), Tommy actually managed to show tight resistance in the first game. However, this Malaysian player finish Tommy's resistance with a score of 22-20, 21-17.
This defeat made Indonesia unrepresentative in the men's singles sector of the Japanese Open superseries tournament. Two finalists of Korea Open 2017, Jonathan Christie and Anthony Ginting were stoped in first round.
Meanwhile, in men's doubles sector, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo cruised into the quarterfinals after beating the men's doubles host, Takuro Hockey/Yugo Kobayashi. In the quarterfinals, Marcus/Kevin will be facing a Danish players.
Marcus/Kevin had made no move in the second game. However, the third seed pebulu triumphed successfully ended the game with a 21-13, 11-21, 21-18 victory. They will face Kim Asturp/Andres Skaarup Rasmunssen from Denmark in quarterfinals who qualify after beating Bodin Isara/Nipitphon Phuangphuapet from Thailand.
Success of Marcus/Kevin qualify for the quarterfinals is certainly positive considering the men's doubles sector failed to pass Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto. Dawn/Rian was knocked out in the second half, in the hands of Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko.
While in the women's doubles sector, Indonesia also failed after Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu fell in the hands of Japan's first seeded pair Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahasi in a three-set match.
Greysia/Apriyani actually stole the second game. However, after diving the game duration 1 hour 27 minutes, the pair finally gave up with a score of 21-15, 12-21, 21-15.
With these results, Greysia/Apriyani not only failed to step into the quarter-finals of Japan Open 2017. However, the results also make Indonesia without representatives in the women's doubles sector.
In mixed doubles, Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto qualified for the quarterfinals after being forced to squeeze sweat by Indian partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa. After the game, both admitted less concentration at the beginning of the game.
Praveen/Debby was bothered in the first game. Not only that, they also got defeated in the second game before finally winning 29-27, 16-21, 21-12.
"Our first game made a lot of mistakes on our own, we had missed them 20 first, but we think more concentration one by one point, because they are not games yet," said Debby as quoted from the official website of PBSI.
According to Jordan, before the game they already anticipate the opponent will provide fierce resistance. Thus, the physical has been prepared when forced to play three sets.