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World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei won the women’s singles title. © BWF
Indonesia’s Ginting hits the heights in refurbished Istora Senayan

29 Jan 2018
Jakarta, Indonesia, January 28, 2018: Indonesia’s badminton fanatics had plenty to celebrate on the last day of the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters at the newly refurbished Istora Senayan Stadium in the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex on Sunday. Home hero Anthony Sinisuka Ginting was in sizzling form in front of a boisterous crowd at the venue which will stage the badminton competition at the OCA’s 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang this August.

Ginting, 21, was too hot to handle for Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai in the men’s singles final and romped to a 21-13, 21-12 victory in just 33 minutes. The 27-year-old Sakai, who overcame world number one Viktor Axelsen of Denmark on his way to the final, put in a gutsy effort but was no match for the quick-footed Indonesian.

"Thank God, I'm really grateful to be able to get my first title in Indonesia," Ginting said after the match, reports AFP. "It was a tight game early on." The result catapults the world number 16 into the top 10 in the rankings. In the women's singles, world number one and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei was too strong for India's Saina Nehwal and won 21-9, 21-13 in under 30 minutes.

Tai, who was the crowd favourite, hopes to repeat her form in this year's marquee events. "My 2018 target is the World Championships and Asian Games because those two tournaments are the biggest," she said. China's sixth-seeded Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong defeated Indonesia's 2016 Rio Olympic champions and top seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir 21-14, 21-11 to claim the mixed doubles title.

Indonesia’s top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo won the men’s doubles final against second-seeded Chinese Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, and Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi took the women’s doubles title by defeating Indonesia’s 2017 French Open winners Greysia Polii and Apriani Rahayu. The event was part of the HSBC BWF World Tour.
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