The victory of Bagas Maulana/Muhammad Shohibul Fikri men’s doubles at the All England 2022 gave an unforgettable impression that made them dissolve in emotion after ending their senior match in Birmingham, Sunday (20/3).
The feelings of joy, pride, and emotion were mixed in the minds of the two players after winning two straight games over Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan, who were already full of experience and titles from badminton.
“I still can’t speak, I’m touched, I can’t believe it, I’m happy and proud mixed into one. I didn’t expect to be on the highest podium at all. When the match was over I didn’t know what it was like anymore. I’m definitely very happy,” said Bagas via PP PBSI written information in Jakarta.
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The 28th-placed men’s doubles win was phenomenal because they had only been introduced to the All England for the first time but were able to finish the tournament with a prestigious title.
Not only that, on their way to the highest podium, Bagas/Fikri had to beat two compatriots, as well as the four leading pairs, namely Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi, Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, and finally Hendra/Ahsan. .
Fikri was deeply moved by tonight’s title, even though he couldn’t hold back his tears shortly after the 37-minute match ended.
“I was touched that I couldn’t hold back the tears because I didn’t expect to win here. We dedicate this title to Indonesia, PBSI, coaches, family and loved ones who have always supported them,” said Fikri.
Bagas/Fikri said that the key to their victory from The Daddies was to come up with a game pattern that continued to attack, but still kept their composure and didn’t make many mistakes.
“Today’s match was extraordinary. We always focus on adding points one by one, not thinking about winning or losing. The achievement until the final for me has been extraordinary, maybe today’s victory is just a bonus and fortune,” said Fikri.
While The Daddies did not appear 100% because Ahsan suffered a calf injury since the quarter-finals. However, the two-time All England title winner still gave his appreciation for their junior victory.
“I don’t want to talk about injuries, Bagas/Fikri are playing really well. They deserve it. I hope they can be consistent going forward, don’t be complacent and keep working hard,” hoped Ahsan.
Bagas/Fikri’s journey will continue next week by participating in the Swiss Open. (Ant/OL-1)