Fajar/Rian Admits The Wind Helped Get Rid Of The Host’s Deputy


Indonesian badminton men’s DOUBLE Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto shared that the wind conditions on the field contributed to his victory in the first round of the Malaysia Open 2022 against the host pair, Goh V Shem/Low Juan Shen, Tuesday (28/9).


In just 29 minutes, the sixth seed was able to win two straight games 21-18, 21-9 at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur.


“First of all, I’m grateful to be able to get through today’s match with a win. In the first game we still made a lot of mistakes ourselves, still adapting to field conditions. We lost the wind, so if you play too slowly, you will definitely get a lot of opponent attacks. The key was we made it good used to play,” said Rian in his statement quoted Between from PP PBSI in Jakarta.


In the first game, the match was quite exciting with the color chasing the numbers between the two pairs. Despite being behind 8-11 at the interval, Fajar/Rian finally caught up and outperformed the points.


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In the second game, Fajar/Rian’s game is more comfortable than before. They were also able to finish the match without significant obstacles through unmatched dominance.


“In the second game, we played well and the position also won the wind. So it was comfortable to press,” Rian added.


Fajar/Rian said that they were initially very wary of Goh/Low’s game, which has the ability to defend and attack equally well. However, the windy conditions on the pitch prevented the home pair’s game from progressing.


“Actually, the opponent has a good game and skill, both in terms of defense and attack. But I saw their game not being able to go out on a windy field like this. It was an advantage for us too. We had the ball in front of us ,” said Dawn.


The Indonesia Masters 2022 champion hopes to continue to appear consistent in the Super 750 level tournament. “For sure we don’t think about the nostalgia of the past, even though we were champions in Malaysia. But now we focus on how to stay consistent,” concluded Fajar. (S-2)