TWO mixed doubles mainstay PB Djarum, Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti and Dejan Ferdinansyah/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja, are ready to compete at the All England 2022.
The two pairs are no longer part of the badminton training. They, accompanied by their coach, Vita Marissa, went to Birmingham, England, Monday (14/3) in the morning, using Emirates airline EK359 at 00.15 WIB from Soekarno Hatta Airport Cengkareng.
Initially, Praveen/Melati and Dejan/Gloria were going on a European tour from the German Open, All England, to the 2022 Swiss Open. However, due to the COVID-19 infection, they will now only compete at the All England and Swiss Open.
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Chairman of PB Djarum Yoppy Rosimin said the condition of the four athletes is currently in good health. He also hopes that Praveen/Melati and Dejan/Gloria can take advantage of the opportunity to compete this time and give maximum performances.
“They are in good condition and ready to compete. My message is that they can perform optimally to prove themselves, that they are still very worthy to be one of the best Indonesian and world couples,” said Yoppy in a statement from PB Djarum, Monday (14/3).
Praveen/Melati were the 2020 All England champions. At that time, they succeeded in becoming champions after defeating Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai with a final score of 21-15, 17-21, and 21-8.
Meanwhile, Dejan/Gloria are a new couple. Previously, while still joining PP PBSI, Gloria was paired with Hafiz Faizal.
The last time Gloria played at the All England was in 2020. At that time, she managed to reach the quarter-finals with Hafiz, before finally losing to Dechapol/Sapsiree with a position of 17-21 and 11-21.
As for this year’s All England, Praveen / Melati will start the first round by facing the Indian pair Ishaan Bhatnagar / Tanisha Crasto. Meanwhile, Dejan/Gloria will face the Danish pair Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje. (OL-1)