Ahsan/Hendra Ensure All Indonesian Final in All England Men’s Doubles

The pair Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan qualified for the men’s doubles final of the All England 2022 badminton tournament after eliminating Chinese doubles He Ji-ting/Tang Qian in the semifinals. Playing at the Utlita Arena in Birmingham, England, Sunday (20/3) early in the morning, Ahsan/Hendra, who are the second seeds, won the rubber game with a score of 21-16, 14-21, 21-13.

For Ahsan/Hendra, qualifying for this year’s All England final opens an opportunity to win a third title in the oldest badminton tournament in the world. Previously, Ahsan/Hendra won in 2014 and 2019.

In the final match which will take place today, Ahsan/Hendra will face another Indonesian men’s doubles, Bagas Maulana/Muhammad Shohibul Fikri who previously had sealed a place in the final. In the semifinals, Bagas/Fikri, who were not seeded, unexpectedly eliminated the world number one men’s doubles who are also the main seeds, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo through the rubber game victory 22-20, 13-21, 21-16.

The meeting of Ahsan/Hendra versus Bagas/Fikri will be the first All-Indonesian men’s doubles final since 2001. At that time, the pair Toni Heryawan/Halim Heryanto won after overthrowing Sigit Budiarto/Candra Wijaya with a score of 15–13, 7–15, 15–7. (OL-15)