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Anthony stuns Momota, seeds fall in men's doubles

Aug 26th, 2018

JAKARTA (25 August 2018) – Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting got his revenge tonight when he sent world champion Kento Momota of Japan crashing out of the Asian Games men’s single competition in front of a packed Istora Senayan here. Anthony, beaten by Momota in the team event, got his revenge and downed the world No.4 in straight games 21-18, 21-18.

Anthony, ranked 12th in the world, was fired up by the massive support but it was also obvious from his performance that he was determined to upstage Momota. At the Indonesian Open earlier this year, Momota had also beaten Anthony, another reason for the local ace to win today.

For his awesome efforts, Anthony will now face China’s former world champion Chen Long in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

Momota was the highest ranked player to fall today. Yesterday, topseed Shi Yuqi had fallen to Jonatan, who also advanced today after squeezing past Thai Khosit Phetpradab 17-21, 21-18, 21-18. Apart from Momota, the other main seeds made it through today. Korea’s Son Wan Ho, Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen and Chen Long advanced to the next stage.

Earlier, Japan’s Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonodo and China’s Liu Chen-Zhang Nan, seeded third and fourth, also had their medal hopes dashed when they were bundled out today.

Kamura-Keigo fell to the 25th ranked Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi of Malaysia, while Liu-Zhang were knocked out by Lee Jhe Huei-Lee Yang, the unseeded pair from Chinese Taipei. The Japanese duo’s game today was littered with mistakes and it was no surprise that the lower-ranked Malaysians moved on to the quarterfinals. It was a disappointing end for Takeshi-Keigo who were runners-up in the recent world championship.

Yew Sin-Ee Yi will meet either Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto from Indonesia or Kim Wan Ho-Seo Seung Jae from Korea in the next round tomorrow. Yew Sin said they played their best and were thrilled to have gotten past the Japanese. “It was an unbelievable game, we are happy to have won.”

A disappointed Kamura meanwhile commented that he did not combine well with his teammate today “We had some communication problems on the court. We need to work on this and get ready for the forthcoming tournaments.”

World No.1 doubles partners, Marcus Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, almost slipped up but managed to force their way past Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko of Japan 21-16, 19-21, 21-18. The rubber was tense and the atmosphere electrifying with the screams of the fans. The Indonesians were trailing 11-14 but caught up and was level. Japan went ahead again, but Marcus-Kevin again caught them, but this time managed to edge ahead at 17-16. They never looked back and won 21-18 to the absolute delight of the fans.

Marcus said that after winning the first game, the Japanese bounced back and improved. “They got a better feel of the game and were on fire. But we were not about to give up and chased them until we caught up. The, we took one point at a time.”

Earlier in the evening, second seeds, Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) scrapped through against India’s Attri Manu-Reddy B. Sumeeth. They won the first game 21-13, dropped the second at  17-21 but managed the squeeze through the decider 25-23.

In the women’s singles, Chinese Taipei singles star Tai Tzu Ying remained well on course for the gold with a convincing win over Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi 21-9, 21-14 in the second round today.

Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung, who surprised world No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi in the team event, was unable to pull off another upset today, this time against the third-seeded P.V. Sindhu. Sindhu raced to 21-12 before settling for a 21-15 win to seal her place in the quarterfinals.

Akane, meanwhile, breezed past Nangsal Tamang of Nepal 21-7, 21-12 to head into the quarterfinals where she will meet China’s Che Yufei, who won her tie 22-20, 21-17 against Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin this evening.

The women’s doubles could turn out to be an all-Japan final after their top two ranked pairs, Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota and Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi, both advanced to the semi-finals tomorrow. Both pairs defeated their Korean pairs today. Yuki-Sayaka, the world No.1, disposed of Lee So Hee-Shin Seung Chan while Misaki-Ayaka had a relatively easy encounter against Kim Hye Bin-Kong Hee Yong.

Their rivals will be China’s Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan and Indonesia’s fourth-ranked Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu. The Indonesians had to work overtime to beat Thailand’s Chayanit Chaladchalam-Phataimas Muenwong 18-21, 24-22, 21-16 in a game that lasted almost 90 minutes today.

Meanwhile, the top four seeds in the mixed doubles have qualified for the semi-finals tomorrow. Top ranked Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong from China will meet third-seeded Indonesian pair, Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir. A second Chinese pair, Wang Wilyu-Huang Dongping, ranked second, have a showdown with Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet.



Men's Singles (third round)

2-Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Ina)

3-Son Wan Ho (Kor) bt Lee Zii Jia (Mas) 21-11, 21-17

4-Chou Tien Chen (Tpe) bt Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) 21-18, 13-21, 21-11

5-Chen Long (Chn) bt Heo Kwang Hee (Kor) 24-22, 21-18

Jonatan Christie (Ina) bt Khosit Phetpradab (Tha) 17-21, 21-18, 21-18


Men’s Doubles (second round)

1-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko (Jpn) 21-16, 19-21, 21-18

2-Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt Attri Manu-Reddy B. Sumeeth (Ind) 21-13, 17-21, 25-23

Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) bt 3-Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonodo (Jpn) 21-14, 21-17

Lee Jhe Huei-Lee Yang (Tpe) bt 4-Liu Chen-Zhang Nan (Chn) 20-22, 21-16, 21-16


Women's Singles (second round)

1-Tai Tzu Ying (Tai) bt Cheung Ngan Yi (Hkg) 21-9, 21-14

2-Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt Nangsal Tamang (Nep) 21-7, 21-12
3-P.V. Sindhu (Ind) bt  Gregoria Mariska Tunjung (Ina) 21-12, 21-15

4-Ratchanok Inthanon (Tha) bt Sung Ji Hyun (Kor) 21-15, 24-22

Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn) bt He Bingjiao (Chn) 21-10, 21-12

Saina Nehwal (Ind) bt Fitriani (Ina) 21-6, 21-14


Women’s Doubles (quarterfinals)

1-Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) bt Lee So Hee-Shin Seung Chan (Kor) 21-13, 21-17

2-Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Kim Hye Rin-Kong Hee Yong (Kor) 21-10, 21-7

3-Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) bt Ashwini Ponnappa-Reddy N. Sikki (Ind) 21-11, 24-22

4-Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu (Ina) bt Tang Jinhua-Zheng Yu (Chn) 18-21, 24-22, 21-16


Mixed Doubles (quarterfinals)

1-Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Takuro Hoki-Koharu Yonemoto (Jpn) 21-13, 21-15

2-Wang Wilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) bt Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (Jpn) 21-17, 18-21, 21-17

3-Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) bt Lee Chun Hei Reginald-Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg) 21-15, 17-21, 21-16

4-Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) bt Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) 21-13, 22-20

Note: For full results, please go to


Individual Medallists Asian Games 2014

Men's singles

Gold: Lin Dan (China)

Silver: Chen Long (China)

Bronze: Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), Wei Nan (Hong Kong China)

Men's doubles

Gold: Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia)

Silver: Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Korea)

Bronze: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Malaysia), Kim Gi-jung-Kim Sa-rang (Korea)

Women's singles

Gold: Wang Yihan (China)

Silver: Li Xuerui (China)

Bronze: Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei), Bae Yeon-ju (Korea)

Women's doubles

Gold: Nitya Krishinda Maheswari-Greysia Polii (Indonesia)

Silver: Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Japan)

Bronze: Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (Malaysia), Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (China)

Mixed doubles

Gold: Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (China)

Silver: Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia)

Bronze: Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Indonesia), Xu Chen-Ma Jin (China)

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