Young star An­thony plays world No. 1 Son at Korea Open

The Jakarta Post - - SPORTS -

On pa­per, Son is in­deed su­pe­rior to world num­ber 24 An­thony. The In­done­sian, how­ever, re­fuses to sur­ren­der be­fore the real war, say­ing that he was ready to play any player. “I have to be re­ally men­tally pre­pared. Meet­ing a top player means you have to be ready to go all out. “I’m plan­ning to en­joy the game [on Satur­day’s semi­fi­nal]. The match is go­ing to be the per­fect chance for me to show what I’ve learned in train­ing so far,” said the 20-yearold in a state­ment. An­thony beat Ja­pan’s Kenta Nishi­moto 21-19, 21-13 in a 39-minute quar­ter­fi­nal match, which was held at SK hand­ball sta­dium in Seoul on Fri­day. Mean­while, Son out­classed non-seeded Sameer Verma of In­dia 20-22, 2110, 21-13 for the semi­fi­nal spot.

Also go­ing into the semi­fi­nals is In­done­sia’s sec­ond best pair, Praveen Jor­dan and Debby Su­santo, in mixed dou­bles, Kevin San­jaya Suka­muljo and Marcus Fer­naldi Gideon in men’s dou­bles and 2017 South­east Asian (SEA) Games gold medal­ist Jonatan Christie in men’s sin­gles.

Non-seeded Jonatan, who beat Ja­pan’s Kazu­masa Sakai in Fri­day’s quar­ter­fi­nals, will face sev­enth-seeded Wang Tzu Wei of Taiwan. Wei de­feated Den­mark’s Hans-Kris­tian Sol­berg Vit­tinghus in the quar­ters.

Fourth seeded Praveen and Debby will face non-seeded pair Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler of Ger­many. World num­ber seven duo Praveen and Debby crushed non-seeded Takuro Hoki and Sayaka Hirota of Ja­pan 21-17, 21-17 within just half of an hour.

Mean­while, the Ger­mans pock­eted the semi­fi­nal ticket af­ter de­feat­ing Malaysia’s Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai 18-21, 21-13, 21-18.

“A chance for me to win the semi­fi­nal match is def­i­nitely there. But, you can’t look down at your op­po­nents just be­cause they are not a seeded pair. In fact, the Ger­man made it to the semi­fi­nal round af­ter beat­ing good pairs.

“We have to main­tain our con­di­tion for Satur­day’s bout,” said Debby, who with Praveen have won big at pres­ti­gious events, in­clud­ing the 2016 All Eng­land and the 2015 and 2013 South­east Asian (SEA) Games.

In men’s dou­bles, 2017 All Eng­land win­ners Kevin and Marcus, sec­ond seeded here, will play third-seeded pair Takeshi Ka­mura and Keigo Son­oda of Ja­pan in the semi­fi­nal.

Kevin and Marcus out­classed sixth-seeded Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan of China 21-16, 28-26 in the quar­ters, while Ka­mura and Son­oda beat In­dia’s Satwik­sairaj Rankireddy and Chi­rag Shetty 21-14, 17-21, 21-15.

Cour­tesy of PBSI

Young In­done­sian star An­thony Sin­isuka Gint­ing is set to go up against world num­ber one Son Wan Ho of South Korea in a men’s sin­gles semi­fi­nal match at the 2017 Korea Open su­per­series bad­minton tour­na­ment on Satur­day. An­thony Sin­isuka Gint­ing

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