Indonesia fails to advance to Thomas Cup finals

Indonesia fails to advance to Thomas Cup finals

Men's single Indonesian badminton Anthony Sinisuka Ginting wiped the sweat against Chinese men's singles Chen Long in the 2018 Thomas Cup semifinals at Impact Arena, Bangkok, Friday (5/25/2018). (ANTARA PHOTO/Puspa Perwitasari)

Bangkok (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian men`s team failed to advance to the Thomas Cup 2018 finals, losing to China 1-3 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on Friday.

China secured a semi-final victory on Friday night after the pair of Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen defeated Indonesian`s pair, Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan, 21-17, 18-21, 21-12.

The Indonesian team may not have advanced to the final like it did two years ago, but it put up a strong challenge against China, which had a higher BWF rating.

After Anthony Ginting failed to overcome the 2016 Olympic champion Cheng Long, Indonesia caught up with Kevin Sanjaya / Marcus Gideon`s victory over Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan.

But in the third contest, Johatan Christie who had won the first game failed to overcome the World number three, Shi Yuqi, who gave China a 2-1 lead with a 18-21, 21-12, 21-15 victory.

In the fourth tie, the Hendra/Ahsan pair was defeated by China`s Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen.


Reported by Teguh Handoko