Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu took the gold medal in badminton women's doubles after upsetting China's Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Monday.

In the final match, held at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Tokyo, Greysia and Apriyani secured a 21-19 and 21-15 win in 55 minutes, according to the official website of the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Though Chen and Jia scored the first point in the first game, Greysia and Apriyani were quick to even the score, resulting in a 1-1 draw. The game was tightly fought, with both pairs successively scoring points and recording a narrow point gap.

After another 12-12 draw, Greysia and Apriyani revved up their game to lead the point tally by 19-14. Despite Chen and Jia's successive smashes narrowing the score, Greysia-Apriyani bagged their last two points to win their first game with 21-19 points.

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In the second leg, Greysia-Apriyani scored the first point, but the match ended in a 1-1 draw as Chen and Jia quickly bagged a point. But repeated mistakes cost Chen and Jia, resulting in a 7-2 tally in favor of Greysia-Apriyani.

Flustered, Chen and Jia committed more mistakes after the score reached 13-8 in favor of Greysia and Apriyani, and the Indonesian team took the chance to score more points.

Greysia and Apriyani became increasingly confident as the score gap widened. With their last smashes, they successfully secured their surprise win -- and the first gold medal for Indonesia in the 2020 Summer Olympics -- with 21-15 points.

Chen and Jia were earlier touted to win as they ranked second in the BWF global ranking, while Greysia and Apriyani were ranked sixth. Chen and Jia also recorded 6-3 aggregate points from their encounter with Greysia and Apriyani.

Meanwhile, in the men's singles, Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting was scheduled to go up against Guatemalan Kevin Cordon for a bronze medal on Monday at 6 p.m. Western Indonesia Time (UTC +7).

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