Badminton: Greysia/Nitya champion of Singapore Open 2016

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesias womens double players Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari became champion of the Singapore Open 2016 on Sunday after their opponents from Japan resigned from the final round of the super series tournament due to an injury problem.

The All Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) said in a written statement received here that day Greysia/Nitya won the champion title after Misaki Matsutomo who would pair with Ayaka Takahashi to meet them at the final round resigned due to Misakias left leg injury.

"The title is a luck for us because we need not have to fight to get it. We hope Misaki would recover soon from her injury," Greysia said.

Nitya said they had actually prepared themselves to meet the Japanese pair following their last meet at India Open recently in which Greysia/Nitya lost the match 18-21, 21-19, 21-23.

Greysia/Nityas victory over Misaki/Ayaka at Singapore Open made the score to 3-3 in the past six matches between the two.

The Indonesian pair, rNked third in the world, had to fight hard against two strong opponents from South Korea and China before being able to proceed to the final round.

In the first round they beat Nadine Ashraf/Menna Eltanaty from Egypt 21-5, 21-4 and in the second round Go Ah Ra/Yoo Hae Won 21-14, 21-14.

They defeated Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan from China 21-19, 20-22, 21-12 in the quarter final and South Korean pair Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan 21-18, 21-13 before leading to the final round.

"The last three matches were not easy to win. We had equal opponents. Our struggles from the first round have now been paid off," Nitya said.

The victory increased their capital to participate in the Olympic Games. " Our focus is now on the Badminton Asia Championshiop 2016," Greysia said.(*)