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Conquered by the Indian pair, Fajar/Rian are only runners-up to the 2023 Korea Open

Jakarta, Beritasatu.com – Indonesian men’s doubles, Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto, only became runner-up won the 2023 Korea Open after surrendering to Indian representatives, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty, in the final on Sunday (23/7/2023).

Playing at Jinnam Stadium, Yeosu, South Korea, the world number one doubles was defeated by Rankireddy/Shetty with a score of 21-17, 13-21, 14-21. Fajar/Rian failed to become champions after surrendering to the third seed in 1 hour and 2 minutes.

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Tight battle occurred at the start of the first game. Fajar/Rian led in the first two points but could always be matched by the third-placed doubles. However, after the score drew 2-2, Fajar/Rian controlled the game and continued to leave their opponents.

Aggressive play that makes opponents often make mistakes has brought Fajar/Rian to continue to collect points. Fajar/Rian’s five points in a row brought them a 10-3 lead. They also led 11-4 so there was an interval.

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Fajar/Rian did reach 19 points first. But the Indian pair managed six straight points to narrow the gap to 16-19. However, the smash that was released by Fajar made them lead 20-16. After losing one point, Fajar/Rian finally finished the first game 21-17 in 20 minutes.

The second game was much tighter. The two pairs equalized on the first four points. Rankireddy/Shetty also reached six points earlier but Fajar/Rian were leveled again.

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Fast and furious play then graced this match. The Indian doubles then led 11-8 so there was an interval.

Several mistakes were made to keep Fajar/Rian behind. The pressure exerted by the Indian pair made the world’s first ranked men’s doubles fail to develop their game. They then surrendered 13-21 in 20 minutes.

Entering the third game, Rankireddy/Shetty led from the start. Thanks to the pressure they put on and an unforced error made by Fajar/Rian, the Indian doubles continued to lead and were never overtaken until they were 11-8 ahead at the interval.

Rankireddy/Shetty continued to dominate the game and forced Fajar/Rian to continue making mistakes. The Indian doubles then finished the third game 21-14.

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With this result, the score of the meeting of the two pairs was 3-2 for India’s double advantage. In the last two previous matches, Fajar/Rian also always lost to the pair who helped India win the Thomas Cup.

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China won two titles at the 2023 Korea Open. In the mixed doubles final, Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping won the championship after defeating their compatriots, Jiang Zhen Bang/Wei Ya Xin, 21-16 and 21-13.

Another Chinese representative who won this championship is the women’s doubles Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan. They became the best after defeating the host pair Kim So Yeong / Kong Hee Yong, 21-10, 17-21, and 21-7.

The hosts only won one title at this year’s Korea Open through An Se Young’s women’s singles. The world number two defeated Tai Tzu Ying, 21-9 and 21-15.

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Danish badminton player Anders Antonsen managed to become the men’s singles champion after defeating Loh Kean Yew from Singapore in the final, 21-11, 11-21, 19-2.

Korea Open 2023 Final Results, Sunday (23/7/2023):

1. Mixed doubles: Jiang Zhen Bang/Wei Ya Xin (China) vs Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping (China) 16-21, 13-21

2. Women’s doubles: Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan (China) vs. Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Yong (South Korea) 21-10, 17-21, 21-7

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3. Women’s singles: Tai Tzu Ying (Taiwan) vs An Se Young (South Korea) 9-21, 15-21

4. Men’s singles: Loh Kean Yew (Singapore) vs Anders Antonsen (Denmark) 21-11, 11-21, 19-21

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5. Men’s doubles: Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Indonesia) vs Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty (India)21-17, 13-21, 14-21

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Conquered by the Indian pair, Fajar/Rian are only runners-up to the 2023 Korea Open

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