Badminton Semifinals: 15 June Highlights
15 June, 2015
Hoh Chu Hui, Veronica Long, Randi Ang and Lawrence Loh
The day’s matches saw the strongest teams in each of the events competing against one another, after successfully sending away their opponents in the matches in the past two days. Though the teams participating today were each ensured of a medal, all displayed relentless pursue towards the more coveted Gold and Silver medals.
The Mixed Doubles matches kicked off at 2pm between the badminton powerhouses Malaysia against Indonesia, and Indonesia against Thailand. The Malaysian duo Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying owned the first set against Indonesian pair Widianto Riky and Dili Richi Puspita at 21-18. However, the 7th world ranking pair proved to be tough opponents as they turned the table against the Malaysians at 21-18 in the second set. In the tightly fought third match, Malaysia once again took the upper hand and earned their place in the finals match tomorrow (22-20).
A frustrated Goh after Malaysia’s defeat. Photo: Randi Ang / SINGSOC
In the other match, Indonesia won the Thai pair 21-13 in the first set but was trounced in the second set by their opponents, Thais Prapakamol Sudket and Taerattaanachai Sapsiree in an astonishing 8-21. In their last shot for Indonesia to take her place in the finals, Jordan Praveen and Susanto Deby did their country proud by securing it 21-14. They will be facing the Malaysian duo, which beat their mixed doubles counterparts, for the prestigious Gold medal tomorrow at 11 am.
The Thai player with a highest world ranking of 20, Saensomboonsuk Tanongsak, thrashed his Malaysian opponent Chong Wei Feng 21-13 in their first set. However, perhaps overcame by fatigue, he then lost the following two sets to the more experienced player 18-21 and 15-21.
For the second match of the day, Singapore’s crowd favorite player Loh Kean Yew went up against a much more experienced Malaysian shuttler Ab Latif Muhamad Arif.
Loh responding to his supporters before his match Photo: Lawrence Loh / SINGSOC
The duo was almost matched neck and neck, with their scores never more than 3 points apart from each other in the first set. The supporters from both countries alike cheered and yelled with all their might in an attempt to encourage their countries’ representative in the game. The atmosphere was electrifying at the 20-20 mark, putting the supporters at the edge of their seats. Ab Latif pulled ahead with a 22-20 win in the first match.
Fighting for an equalizer, Loh fought hard in the second match and managed to lead the Malaysian 10-5 a few minutes into the match. However, Ab Latif quickly caught up, and sealed the second set at 21-15. He will face another Malaysian, Chong, in the finals tomorrow at 1pm.
Ab Latif having a tough time against Loh in their second set. Photo: Veronica Long / SINGSOC
An overjoyed Ab Latif. Photo: Lawrence Loh / SINGSOC
Budding Thai badminton starlet, Ongburungpan Busanan, defeated her opponent in an easy 34-minute match with straight sets at 21-11 and 21-17. She will be facing Indonesian Ramadini Hanna in the finals at 9am tomorrow.
In her match, Ramadini was facing Malaysian Goh Jin Wei, who managed to one-up Ramadini’s more experienced track record in the first set at 21-16. However, the 15 year-old was hammered by Ramadini in their second set at 12-21. The Indonesian then proceeded to secure the last set at 21-18 despite the Malaysian player putting up a much tougher fight.
Two Indonesian pairings were fielded against Singaporean pairing Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart and Filipinos Estanislao Ronel and Escueta Philip Joper for the men’s doubles matches. After the match, the Singaporean duo expressed disappointment in their performance, highlighted that their opponents’ defense was “solid” thus making it hard for them to catch up to them. They would also like to thank the home crowd for supporting them in their journey so far.
Karandasuwardi Ricky and Pratama Angga walloped the host pairings in straight sets 21-12, 21-18. In the other court, Gideon Marcus Fernaldi and Sukalmujo Kevin Sanjaya displayed similardegree of skills and determination in a merciless match against the Philippines duo, taking home straight sets (21-12, 21-12) and assuring Indonesia the gold and silver medals of the event.
Gideon and Sanjaya celebrating their teamwork. Photo: Randi Ang / SINGSOC
Malaysian pair Vivian Hoo Kah Mun and Woon Khe Wei displayed extraordinary teamwork and skills, and successfully sent off their Indonesian rivals Awanda Anggia Shitta and Mahadewi Ni Ketut 21-12, 21-11 in a short 33 minutes.
Team event silver medalists, Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Soong Fie Cho, went up against the younger Indonesian pairing Giovani Maretha Dea and Andini Suci Rizki later part of the day. The Malaysians sealed the first set at 21-16. Powered by their loss, the Indonesian duo put up their best, yet their chance at the finals was blown up in the second set which 21-23.
Anscelly and Soong in action. Photo: Randi Ang / SINGSOC
Malaysia is now secured of her second set of Gold and Silver medals for the Badminton event, following her first set achieved in the Men’s Singles event.
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