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