In­done­sia win the gold in men’s dou­bles on home soil, buoyed on by crowd

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

In­done­sia won gold on home soil at the bad­minton world cham­pi­onships on Sun­day, with Mo­ham­mad Ah­san and Hen­dra Se­ti­awan de­feat­ing Chi­nese duo Liu Xi­ao­long and Qiu Zi­han in the fi­nal of the men’s dou­bles in Jakarta.

The third seeded men’s pair never looked in trou­ble as they swept the ti­tle match 21- 17, 21- 14, buoyed on by a rau­cous home crowd to a fairy­tale fin­ish for the tour­na­ment hosts.

Ah­san knelt down on the court in silent prayer upon win­ning the cru­cial point, be­fore leap­ing up to celebrate with over­joyed spec­ta­tors.

The pair thanked fans who had turned out in droves to sup­port them, say­ing their win was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial on the eve of na­tion­wide com­mem­o­ra­tions cel­e­brat­ing 70 years since In­done­sian in­de­pen­dence.

“We are very proud we can give this gift, even though it’s not yet to­mor­row,” Se­ti­awan told re­porters af­ter the match.

The In­done­sian duo swept through to the ti­tle match af­ter up­set­ting top seeded Korean pair Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong in the semi- fi­nals.

Ear­lier, China main­tained its stran­gle­hold over the women’s dou­bles with Zhao Yun­lei and Tian Qing de­feat­ing Christinna Ped­er­sen and Kamilla Ryt­ter Juhl of Den­mark.

Zhao and Tian, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons and Olympic gold medal­ists, fought back from a game down to win con­vinc­ingly 23- 25, 21- 8, 21- 15.

China has won ev­ery sin­gle women’s dou­bles crown apart from one since it be­gan com­pet­ing at the world cham­pi­onships in 1983.

Four Chi­nese pairs qual­i­fied for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion but un­usu­ally only two pro­gressed to the quar­ter- fi­nals, with fifth seeded Zhao and Tian ul­ti­mately pre­vail­ing.

“This put a lot of pres­sure on us,” Zhao told re­porters af­ter the match.

The fourth- seeded Dan­ish pair had the Chi­nese on the ropes in the first game but col­lapsed in the sec­ond as Zhao and Tian built mo­men­tum.

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