Indonesia, as is known, has a total of four representatives at the 2021 BWF World Tour Finals which will take place from 1-5 December. Two of them are in men’s doubles, while the rest are in women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
The two men’s doubles representatives are Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan. Both are clearly different levels of experience, but have their own strengths.
Minions, through their track record so far, have practically proven their strength. It has been proven by continuing to be ranked number one in the world since September 2017. Meanwhile, Pram/Yere are on the rise, with this year winning the Belgian International and Spain Masters, as well as reaching the semifinals of the German Open and the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Masters.
Kevin/Marcus are in Group A which on paper is tougher. They are with Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, Lee Yang/Wang Chi-lin, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty.
Meanwhile, Pram/Yere are in Group B with second seeds Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi, then Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi, and Christo Popov/Toma Junior Popov. Except for Hoki/Kobayashi, the other two doubles have lower rankings than the pairs in Group A.
“On the one hand, Yere and Pram’s drawing pool is quite good, it’s quite good. But in the Minions pool, I think it’s quite heavy. But indeed this superseries final is the choice of the best players, in total there are only eight pairs. ,” said PBSI men’s doubles coach Herry Iman Pierngadi, Tuesday (30/11/2021) afternoon.
“Actually, anywhere, pool A or B, whether it’s heavy or not, it’s called the superseries final, in my opinion, from the first round you have to focus and concentrate. Because all the best players can play in the superseries final,” he added.
With the draw, what are the chances of the two Indonesian men’s doubles qualifying for the semifinals? BWF World Tour Finals 2021? Herry IP doesn’t want to go too far. Especially for Pram/Yere, he doesn’t even target anything except to gain experience.
“The chances of going to the semifinals, especially for Kevin/Gideon, are wide open. But we can’t see too far. If I want to step by step, yes, every round. Because their condition is arguably not 100% perfect, even though the opponent is too. However, the opponent is likely to be more rest yes than them,” he continued.
“For Pram/Yere, for me, they can enter the WTF, this is a surprise because they are back-up players. This is a test for them, what will the future look like, can they compete with the world’s top players. So this is also a challenge for them to measure their ability. If it’s a target, there’s nothing for them,” added the trainer who was nicknamed the Fire Dragon.