Nova Says About Mixed Doubles Performance at the German Open


National mixed doubles badminton coach Nova Widianto evaluates the performance of Rinov Rivaldy/Pitha Haningtyas Mentari and Adnan Maulana/Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso after they both stopped in the quarter-finals of the German Open last weekend.

According to Nova, there were a number of highlights from technical and non-technical factors from the four students at the Cipayung National Training Center when they appeared in the BWF Super 300 tournament.

Rinov/Pitha have played well, they just can’t stand their focus a little. The variety of attacks is also reduced, a lot of smashes continue but the opponent doesn’t die because the ball is very heavy. In addition, they often miss points on service,” Nova said through PP PBSI’s written information, quoted Monday (14/3).

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According to Nova, Rinov/Pitha were still weak in the service aspect when they faced the British mixed doubles Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith and received serve. Marcus/Lauren several times got easy points and took the initiative in the game, while Rinov/Pitha were still not ready in this condition.

In the end, Rinov/Pitha lost in the rubber game, 21-16, 16-21, and 19-21.

Meanwhile Adnan/Mychelle lost to Adam Hall/Julie Macpherson from Scotland, also with rubber games 17-21, 21-14, and 18-21.

“For Adnan/Mychelle, it’s almost the same. They played a lot of long balls in the first game, didn’t have the courage to play short lobs and fight ahead. When playing rallies they also lacked resistance and looked desperate if the enemy was hard to kill, they really wanted to die,” said Nova.

Even though he failed to penetrate the top four, Nova still appreciates the struggle of the children he cares for.

He hopes that Rinov/Pitha and Adnan/Mychelle can perform better at the All England, which will be held next week.

“Actually, we have anticipated in training using heavy balls, but they are still not strong enough. In the future, we have to be more resistant for long rallies, especially in Europe where the ball is generally heavy due to cold weather. Hopefully they can do better in All England and the next tournament,” concluded Nova. (Ant/OL-1)