TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jonatan Christie is aiming to win badminton men’s singles gold in SEA Games 2017. In today’s final, first seed Christie will face Thai second seed Khosit Phetpradab.
Christie made it to the final after defeating Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam by 21-11, 21-16. He said that he is familiar with his opponent’s style. “The opposition’s forward movement is not too dangerous. In terms of power, I feel that I’m better because I’m younger than the opponent,” he said.
He is hopeful he can beat Khosit like he did in the team event. “His shots sometimes surprised me; [changing swiftly] from easy to quick. He is also more willing to commit in front of the net,” Christie said.
Indonesian badminton athletes have so far won one gold and four bronze medals in SEA Games 2017. A gold medal was brought home by the badminton men’s team, whereas bronze medals were secured by the women’s team, Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto (men’s doubles), Gregoria Mariska (women’s singles) and Ihsan Maulana Mustofa (men’s singles).
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