Jakarta, CNNI Indonesia —
Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto made it to the semifinals BWF World Tour 2022 Finals despite losing 21-10, 17-21, 19-21 to Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi on Friday (9/12).
Fajar/Rian started the game very well in the first game. They could lead 8-2 and went on to lead 11-4 at halftime.
After the break, Fajar/Rian continued to show their dominance over Ong/Teo. Fajar/Rian could lead 16-7 and won a game point at 20-9.
After failing at their first opportunity, Fajar/Rian then successfully finished the first game with a 21-10 lead for them.
Going into game two, Fajar/Rian was more often left behind than Ong/Teo. Fajar/Rian trailed 1-4 and continued at 4-9. Ong/Teo led 11-6 at halftime.
After the break, Fajar/Rian try to recover the opponents’ points. However, the point difference actually widened to number seven at 10-17.
Under pressure, Fajar/Rian fought better. They won point by point enough to be separated by only two points at 17-19.
But Ong/Teo managed to escape the pressure from Fajar/Rian. They took the next two points and won game two by a score of 21-17.
In the decisive match, the duel between Fajar/Rian vs Ong/Teo was close. The two doubles tied at 4-4 to 7-7.
Ong/Teo finally exited with a 10-8 lead after managing to grab two points in a row. Ong/Teo’s pressure again translates into numbers leading 11-8 at halftime.
After the interval, Fajar/Rian tried to recover. Hard hitting from Fajar and cross from Rian put them just one point behind, 11-12.
The final position was also good, 12-12 after Ong/Teo’s return came out. The position continued to be a tie through numbers 15-15.
Fajar/Rian qualify for the semi-finals of the 2022 BWF World Tour Finals. (PBSI Archive)
Fajar/Rian then managed to pull away a bit with back-to-back points, 17-15. But Ong/Teo managed to level the score at 17-17.
Ong/Teo’s 17th point was achieved with a good defensive display before finally being able to counterattack.
The score was tied again at 18-18 to 19-19.
Ong/Teo won the match point first after Fajar/Rian’s punch failed to cross. Ong/Teo also finished the decisive match at the first opportunity. 22-20 for Ong/Teo.
Though they lost in the third match, Fajar/Rian qualified for the semifinals of the BWF World Tour Finals having two wins within their reach.