Bagas/Fikri and the Minions advance to the All England quarter-finals


TWO Indonesian men’s doubles pairs, Bagas Maulana/Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon simultaneously secured their move to the quarter-finals of the All England 2022, today.

Both pairs also went through a rubber match before confirming their position in the last eight in Birmingham.

Bagas/Fikri, the 28th-ranked pair who are the main double layers of the Cipayung National Team, beat Teo ee Yi/Ong Yew Sin of Malaysia in their first meeting with a score of 24-22, 13-21, 21-17.

Bagas/Fikri had to go through a tight match and even almost lost ahead of the first points game. But Bagas/Fikri tried to be more patient to open the first game advantage.

Bagas/Fikri’s advantage was released in the second game, so they were forced to play the decisive game. Luckily Bagas/Fikri were able to overcome the pressure from the representatives of Malaysia in the third game and locked the win after struggling for 55 minutes.

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In the quarter-finals, Bagas/Fikri will face British men’s doubles Ben Lane/Sean Vendy or the rising pair Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi from Japan.

The Minions’ first meeting was also experienced by Akira Koga/Taichi Saito from Japan.

The world number one pair had a longer game of 68 minutes at Birmingham’s Utlita Arena and started today’s action by falling behind in the first game.

The Minions almost lost in two straight games because they were under pressure at the beginning of the second game. Behind 7-11, Kevin/Marcus also chased point by point until they finally managed to get ahead.

In the third game, Kevin/Marcus’ game is more flexible and can create a distance of points far enough to make it difficult for Akira/Taichi to catch up.

Like their juniors, Marcus/Kevin are also still waiting for potential opponents in the last eight, namely fifth seeds Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty from India and Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel from Germany.

Indonesia still has the opportunity to add its representatives in the men’s doubles quarter-finals through the second-ranked pair Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan and Daniel Marthin/Leo Rolly Carnando who will only compete tonight.(Ant/OL-4)