World number one men’s doubles pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo are preparing to start their 2022 season at the All England tournament, which will take place from 16-20 March 2022 at Utlita Arena Birmingham.
Coming back to competition after their loss to Japanese pair Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi in the 2021 BWF World Tour Finals final, Marcus/Kevin hope to get the best result at All England this year.
“What is certain is that we will continue to try our best, give the best and hopefully the results will be maximal,” Kevin said in a statement received by PBSI, Monday (14/3).
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Appearing as the first seeds, Marcus/Kevin admitted that the preparations that had been made in Jakarta to look at All England were sufficient.
“Preparations in Jakarta are quite good. At the most, we practice here to restore body condition and find the feeling of being hit. The adaptation will be when we practice in the main hall,” said Kevin.
Based on the draw, in the first round, Marcus/Kevin will directly face a pretty tough opponent, namely the South Korean pair (South Korea) Choi Solgyu/Seo Seungja.
If you look at their meeting record, this will be the third fight for these two pairs.
Their last meeting took place at the China Open in 2019 with Mercus/Kevin winning in three sets 22-20, 18-21, and 23-21.
However, a month earlier, at the 2019 BWF World Championship, the world number 12 pair Choi/Seo managed to win over Marcus/Kevin with a score of 16-21, 21-14, and 23-21.
This will be the first time the Indonesian badminton team has returned to All England, after last year they were forced to withdraw due to a plane with a positive COVID-19 patient en route from Istanbul, Turkey to Birmingham, England.
The Indonesian team manager, Rionny Mainaky, said that currently, the condition of the Indonesian team is healthy and in good spirits, and he hopes that last year’s heartbreaking incident will not happen again.
“All team members are in good health, excited and optimistic,” explained Rionny. (PBSI/OL-1)