TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia's women's doubles badminton pair Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics badminton Group A elimination will be progressing further after defeating Britain’s Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith.
The final score 21-11 and 21-13 fr Indonesia means the pair will go to the women's doubles badminton quarter-finals.
Both Greysia and Apriyani were met with strong competition from the British pair in several duels held at the Musashino Forest Plaza. The Indonesian pair, ranked sixth in the world, eventually managed to dominate the games.
The Indonesian and British pairs were involved in an extended rally during the first game, with 11-4 in the first interval, 16-8 in the middle of the game, and 21-11 for the Indonesians in the first game.
Competitiveness was high during the second game when Birch and Smith played aggressively and initially nearly levelled their points tally with 7-6, but the Indonesian pair successfully neutralized the Brits’ commendable efforts with a final score of 21-13.
The Greysia and Apriyani pair won for Indonesia after the Indonesian badminton mixed pair Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva was defeated by Japan’s Yuta Watanabe and Arisha Higashino with 13-21 and 10-21.
The pair Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan will meet Malaysia’s Aaron Chia and Wooi Yik Soh in today’s last badminton tournament for the day at the Tokyo Olympics.
ARKHELAUS WISNU TRIYOGO