Losing to the World Number 340 Doubles, What’s Up Hendra/Ahsan?


Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan reveal why they stopped in the second half Badminton Asia Championship 2022. The Daddies number two in the world, stopped by his opponent who is number 340 in the world.

Instead of being favorites to win easily against Chinese doubles, Ren Xiang Yu / Tan Qiang. The Daddies, nicknames Hendra/Ahsan, Instead, it was made unmoved by a double ranked 340 in the world.

They had to settle for a score of 9-21, 15-21 and stopped in the round of 16 which took place at Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Manila, on Thursday (28/4/2022).

According to Hendra, today’s match was quite difficult for them because they were still adjusting to the conditions on the field.

This elderly couple is recorded as appearing for the first time in this championship, after they won in the first round without having to compete. Their opponents Hiroki Okamura/Masayuki Onodera in the last 32 decided a walkover. Meanwhile, the opponent has already tested the field.

“We were still looking for air and adapting to field conditions, which were quite windy,” said Hendra in a PBSI release.

“Not playing in the first half was quite influential for us, while the opponent seemed to have understood the conditions of the field,” he said.

In addition, Hendra also considered himself and Ahsan quite difficult in clashing attacks with the Chinese couple. “At the beginning, we lost the front ball. We were also not too ready with their defense behind their attack,” said Hendra.

Indonesian men’s doubles still have two pairs to compete for tickets to the quarterfinals. They are Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan who will face Malaysia’s sixth seed Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi.

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The other doubles are Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto who are still waiting for the schedule to play. The fourth seeded doubles will face Liu Yu Chen / Ou Xuan Yi.


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