PP PBSI’s singles and doubles coaches Irwansyah and Herry Iman Pierngadi admitted that they were amazed by the performance of Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and the Mohammad Ahsan/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo pair when they competed in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals against China, Thursday (12/5).
According to Irwansyah, Ginting’s success in gaining the first points for the national team is a sign that the performance of his protege is starting to improve after always losing three matches in the preliminary round of Group A.
“Ginting’s performance is much better. From day to day his performance continues to improve and improve. This is certainly positive for him so that his confidence will increase,” said Irwansyah in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday (13/5).
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In the opening party, Ginting was able to control the game and apply the right strategy from the start of the game. The Chinese badminton player, Zhao Jun Peng, who became Ginting’s opponent, was unable to develop his game in the first game.
According to Irwansyah’s analysis, the obstacles experienced by his students in the second game were because Zhao was able to adapt to the Ginting game pattern. He also turned to press so that Ginting’s strategy like the first game became blunt.
The third game, Ginting applied a variety of attacks to the right and left, also relying on a superior front game. Finally he was able to get back in and out of the pressure.
“Knowing Zhao was overwhelmed, he returned to attack mode and continued to undermine his opponent’s defense every chance he got,” said Irwansyah.
Meanwhile, Ahsan/Kevin, previously in the preliminary round, were also unable to record a win when they were paired for the first time. However, in their second appearance, against Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuan Yi, in the second party of the quarter-finals, they won two straight games.
According to Herry, the key to Ahsan/Kevin’s victory lies in the patience factor which is more maintained than the first appearance.
“Kevin/Ahsan’s game is much better than yesterday. It’s not agitated. It’s more calm and comfortable to play,” said Herry addressing the performances of the players, who are ranked first and second in the world, respectively.
The quality of Ahsan/Kevin’s game really came out to the maximum in the 38-minute match against Liu/Ou.
“Ahsan/Kevin’s mentality and maturity are felt, while the opponent is even less free and depressed. Several times they made mistakes and their game did not escape,” said Herry. (Ant/OL-1)