TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Badminton player Anthony Ginting expressed his contentment as he clinched the title of men's singles at Indonesia Masters 2020. He said the victory was not only his proud but also restored the image of the country's sports sector which was lately fading.
"This title really means to me and especially in the sector of men's singles that before my era had not secured (a championship title), so I want to prove to the people that we can win," said Anthony while holding back his joyful tears before reporters in a press conference in Jakarta on Sunday, January 19.
Technically, the victory returned the title Anthony had won in 2018. At that time he beaten Danish representative Anders Antonsen in a bid to maintain the title.
The 23-year-old player won the championship after defeating Antonsen in the rubber game with scores of 17-21, 21-15, and 21-9.
Anthony was very pleased with the positive gains at the beginning of this season.
"Honestly, I am so glad because I can win at home [championship]. Plus, there is support from my mother and sister who have come since Thursday to witness my every struggle," he added.
In the final match, Anthony fell behind in the opening game. Both Anthony and Antonsen both insisted on creating fast blows to netting.
However, Anthony took the lead in the second game and forced Antonsen to go through a decisive game.
In the third game, Anthony's defense made his Danish opponent difficult to succeed attacks and even used the counterattack to steal the points as Antonsen's stamina began to weaken following long rallies.
Anthony posted a 2-0 win over Anders Antonsen in two previous meetings taking place at the 2018 Masters Malaysia and the 2019 China Open.