Indonesian Olympic News Update 25 Jul 2021
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting will open his Badminton Men’s Singles campaign in Musashino Forest Sports Plaza on Sunday (25/7) against Hungary’s Gergely Krausz. Anthony will be Indonesia’s hope to break their medal drought in the men’s singles event stretching to 2004.
A man who knew all about winning an Olympic medal in men’s singles, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, said that both Anthony and Jonathan Christie must handle the pressure within themselves.
“Don’t let your eagerness to win backfire, it becomes a pressure, and then you could not deliver your best performance during the match,” said the 2004 bronze medal winner.
Sony thinks that Anthony needs to pay attention to his stamina and endurance as his attacking style relies on a lot of power and speed.
“He needs to manage himself. Don’t get baited with the opponents’ game. Try to come up with a variation to win points, and you can alleviate the pressure from your opponent,” said the Thomas Cup winner in 2002 with the Indonesian badminton team.
Jonathan who started his group stage campaign with a 21-8, 21-14 win over Mahmoud Aram from the Olympic Refugee Team. According to Sony, the world number 7 needs to up his game so he can become a complete player. He believes that the Asian Games gold medalist can go all the way in the Olympics.
“But, since 1992, most Olympic gold medalists are players that have won major events. Such as Taufik Hidayat, Lin Dan, and Chen Long,” Sony said.
In other games, Indonesia sweep through the opening games of the group stage. Mixed doubles pair Praveen Jordan/Melati Oktavianti defeated Simon Win Hang Leung/Gronya Somerville of Australia (20-22, 21-17, 21-13). World number 1 in men’s doubles Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo defeated British duo of Ben Lane/Sean Vendy 21-15, 21-11. While M. Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan defeated Jason Ho-Hsue/Nyl Yakura dari Kanada dengan skor 21-12, 21-11.
Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu defeated Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean of Malaysia 21-14, 21-17. The pair will meet Chloe Birch/Lauren Smith of Great Britain on Monday (26/7) before facing host Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota. “Every opponent is tough. We focus on doing our best,” said Greysia after the game.