...I think it (the matches) will be very tight and exciting, as well as not easy for anyone.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Istora Gelora Bung Karno (GBK), Jakarta, is ready to host the BWF World Tour Super 500 Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2023 from Tuesday (January 24, 2023) to Sunday (January 29), the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) has said.

"Currently, the preparations for the Indonesia Masters 2023 are almost complete and 95 percent of (the facilities in) Istora are ready. Tomorrow, on the (first) match day, everything will be finished," secretary general of the PBSI Muhammad Fadil Imran informed at a press conference here on Monday.

He said he expects the competition this year to be tough. Many top global badminton players are participating in the tournament, which is the third event of the 2023 BWF World Tour after the Malaysia Open and India Open, and this will make it more exciting, Imran added.

"Seeing the badminton players who come (to take part in the Indonesia Masters 2023), I think it (the matches) will be very tight and exciting, as well as not easy for anyone," he opined.

A total of 277 players from 23 countries will participate in the competition, including the host’s representatives, six of whom dominate the seedings.

The Indonesian players who will compete in the men's singles are Jonatan Christie (fifth) and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (sixth). Indonesia will put two more players in the fray, namely Shesar Hiren Rhustavito and Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo.

However, Indonesia will not have any top seeded women players competing in the women's singles. Gregoria Mariska Tunjung will represent the nation in the competition.

The men's doubles will feature world number one Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto, who are first in the seedings. In addition, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, who are in third place on the seeding list, will also compete in the sector.

Other Indonesian pairs who will compete in the men’s doubles are Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamujo, Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin, and Muhammad Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana.

Seventh seeded Apriyani Rahayu/Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti will compete in the women's doubles at the 2023 Indonesia Masters. Amalia Cahaya Pratiwi/Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma and Lanny Tria Mayasari/Ribka Sugiarto will also play for Indonesia in the sector.

Meanwhile, Indonesia will be represented by seventh seeded Rinov Rivaldy/Phita Hagniningtyas Mentari in the mixed doubles.

The other Indonesian pairs who will compete in the sector are Dejan Ferdianansyah/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja, Zachriah Josianho Sumanti/Hediana Julimarbela, and Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti.

The tournament has a total prize of US$420 thousand (around Rp6.2 billion).

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