Remarkably, of the three titles, two of them were obtained after a war between Indonesian players in the final. From the men’s singles, Bobby Setiabudi became the champion after beating Hong Kong player Chan Yin Chak in the rubber game 21-18, 11-21, 21-16.
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Two other titles were won after the All Indonesia Final in women’s singles and men’s doubles. Women’s singles Aisyah Sativa Fatetani rose to the podium after defeating Komang Ayu Cahya Dewi. Sativa needed three games to quell Komang’s resistance. Having been left behind in the first game, through a hard struggle, Sativa made sure to win after winning with a score of 14-21, 21-14, 21-19.
Amri Syahnawi/Christopher David Wijaya men’s doubles only needed two games to win. In the final match, the Amri/Christopher duo made a surprise by defeating their compatriots who became the third seed, Muh Putra Erwiansyah/Patra Harapan Rindorindo with an identical score of 21-13, 21-13.
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The success of winning three titles from the Bahrain International Series is a breath of fresh air for Indonesian badminton. The reason is, the three titles became solace after Indonesian senior badminton players failed miserably at the 2021 Indonesia Masters.
Indonesia must be content to be a spectator at home. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo men’s doubles, Indonesia’s last hope, failed to win. The Minions had to settle for being runners-up after being defeated by Japanese doubles Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi in the final.
Today, the main Indonesian badminton players will compete again at the Indonesia Open 2021. Marcus/Kevin qualified for the next round after silencing another Japanese double, Keiichiro Matsui/Yoshinori Takeuchi 12-21, 21-18 and 21-15.