MUHAMMAD Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana won the title on their debut at the All England 2022 after defeating their seniors Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan in the final, Sunday (20/3) night WIB.
Fikri/Bagas’ impressive performance at the All England 2022 was completed with the championship title. After defeating the world’s number one men’s doubles, which was also their senior, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the semi-finals, the young Indonesian pair were able to beat Hendra/Ahsan in straight sets 21-19, 21-13 in 36 minutes in Birmingham Arena.
In the duel titled all Indonesian finals, Fikri/Bagas appeared to attack from the start of the first game. However, The Daddies–Hendra/Ahsan’s nickname could equalize the score several times and lead back 19-18. Fikri/Bagas were then able to score three consecutive points to win the first game.
In the second game, Ahsan/Hendra took the initiative to attack. Even though he was 1-2 behind, the winner of two titles from the God of England was again ahead 3-7. However, Fikri/Bagas managed to win again in the second 11-8 game interval.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Ahsan used the interval to treat his aching calf. Ahsan said he had problems with his left calf before leaving for Birmingham. When competing in the quarter-finals, his right calf was also interested.
The Daddies are then depressed. Fikri/Bagas continued to advance and won 16-12 over Ahsan/Hendra. Fikri/Bagas finally won this game with a score of 21-13. « Feeling happy, proud to be able to win this far from my seniors, » said Bagas.
« Our preparations are as before, we are always focused, not afraid to fight until the end, » continued Fikri.
This result made Hendra/Ahsan fail to add to their third collection of titles at the All England. Both have won twice, in 2014 and 2019. « They played well, and I think they deserved to win. I hope they stay consistent, » said Ahsan.
For Fikri/Bagas, this title is the highest score in his career at the senior level. This title also completes the series of surprises that were inscribed by the 28th-ranked pair in the world who succeeded in defeating the seeded pair.
After defeating their partner in the first round, Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Erich Yoche Rambitan, Bagas/Fikri defeated the eighth seed from Malaysia, Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yii.
Then in the quarter-finals, Bagas/Fikri defeated the 2021 World Champion and third seed from Japan, Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi. The surprise continued, in the semifinals, Bagas/Fikri defeated his seniors Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo who were the first seeds.
Until finally Ahsan/Hendra felt the toughness of Bagas/Fikri in the final. This is the first Red and White duel in the All England final since 21 years ago. The last time Indonesia was able to hold the All Indonesian Final at the All England was in 2001 when Candra Wijaya/Sigit Budiarto met Tony Gunawan/Halim Haryanto.
The duel was won by Tony / Halim.
Previously, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan were pleased with the regeneration process for the Indonesian men’s doubles, which he considered going well following their meeting with juniors, Bagas/Fikri in the 2022 All England final.
The couple nicknamed The Daddies also admitted that they were proud of the creation of the All-Indonesian Final at the All England 2022.
Therefore, it is not only to ensure that one All England title is brought to the country, but also to prove the success of the regeneration of Indonesia’s men’s doubles. “I am happy because the regeneration in the men’s doubles sector has gone well. There is a coating pair that can qualify for the All England final. This shows that the regeneration has been going well, » )