The Indonesia Masters 2022 badminton event has thrown up a few surprises, including some shock exits in Jakarta as the field narrows ahead of the final 12th of June.
The Super 500 event is the first consecutive tournament in Indonesia featuring the Super 1000 Indonesia open from next week. This has resulted in many of the top players flocking to Jakarta, including most of the reigning Olympic champions.
Chen Yu Fei and Victor Axelsen continued to live up to their tally of top male and top female seeded, respectively, and secured comfortable wins to advance to the quarter-finals on Thursday (9 June).
Scroll down to see the highlights of the day and the scores of the most important games.
An Seyoung retires as court case comes to an end
South Korea A se young has withdrawn from her match against the American Iris Wang.
The second seed of the tournament fell behind after losing the opening game and was unable to continue early in the second game after conceding a bye.
of Thailand Ratchanok Intanon had to compete against a resilient Kirsty Gilmore from Scotland, but eventually prevailed 21-17, 19-21, 21-15.
The players will be back on the pitch for the quarter-finals on Thursday (June 10) as they hope to reach the last four of their respective disciplines.
Heartbreak for Indonesia as Ahsan and Setiawan go down
of Indonesia Mohammed Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan were knocked out at the Indonesia Masters by South Koreans Kang Min Hyuk and Seo Seung Jae, who defeated second place in the tournament 21-19, 18-21, 21-19.
The domestic crown also watched as a singles player for their women Gregoria Mariska Tunjung narrowly missed out on a spot in the quarterfinals when she lost to two-time Olympic champions PV Sindhu who got the victory 23-21, 22-20, 21-11.
Ginting and “Minions” keep Indonesia’s hopes high
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting is the only Indonesian player standing in the men’s singles draw after making it into the last eight with a win Sitthikom Thammasin from Thailand 21-13, 21-14.
The Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist meets Malaysia next Lee Zii Jia in the quarterfinals
It was a mixed picture for the host country’s men’s doubles players to watch Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljoaffectionately called “the Minions” win a tough match against Thailand as two other couples are eliminated from the competition.
Gideon and Sukamuljo reunited after the former recovered from surgery, and they closed the distance Supak Yomkoh and Kittinupong Kedrenbefore claiming victory in three games, 21-14, 8-21, 21-18.
Formerly Malaysia Goh Sze Fei and Just Izzuddin beat home favourites Sabar Karyaman Gutama and Moh Reza Pahlavi Isfahani 23-21, 17-21, 21-9.
Indonesia suffered another blow than Malaysia Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik knocked out Leo Rolly Carnando and Daniel Martin 27-25, 21-14.
Olympic champion Axelsen shines
Reigning Olympic champion Victor Axelsen was too strong an opponent for Wang Tzu Wei today as the player from Chinese Taipei was eliminated from the tournament.
It took top seed Axelsen 43 minutes to break through to the last eight and win the match 21-10, 21-13.
The Dane will play next Angus Ng Ka Long from Hong Kong, who also advanced after defeating China Zhao Jun Peng in a fight that lasted almost an hour and finally won, 21-9, 19-21, 21-10.
Lee Zii Jia shakes off a very slow start and makes it to the round of 16
Malaysias Lee Zii Jia has earned his place in the quarterfinals after defeats Markus Caljouw from the Netherlands 21-17, 21-14.
The world No. 5 got a slow start to the match as the Dutch player came forward in the closing stages of the opening game, but Lee came alive and even managed to land his nifty backhand en route to victory.
Meanwhile, Tokyo 2020 women’s doubles silver medalist Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi fan from China beat Indonesia Meilysa Trias Puspita Sari and Rachel Allessya Rose 21-9, 21-16.
Olympic champion Apriyani Rahayus new partnership with Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti continue to thrive while beating Malaysians Vivian Hoo and Lim Chiew Sien 21-17, 21-19.
Loh Kean Yew ends another home hope
Indonesia was hoping for a much stronger performance from their men’s singles players on home soil but reigning world champions Loh Kean Yew turned out to be too big a game for Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo.
It took the Singaporean just 35 minutes to secure his place in the Quarters with one 21-11, 21-14 Defeat the crowd favorite at Istora Senayan. Loh next game Lu Guang Zu after the Chinese player defeated the South Korean Hoe Kwang Hee 21-12, 21-12.
India is also among the last eight Lakshya Sen who hits Rasmus Gemke 21-18, 21-15 and tournament third seed Chou Tien Chen who has overcome Lee Cheuk Yiu from Hong Kong 21-11, 18-21, 21-16.
Olympic champion Chen goes ahead
Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Chen Yu Fei was relatively unconcerned as she whizzed past en route to her place in the last eight Beiwen Zhang from the USA in straight sentences, 21-10, 21-19.
Chen will next play against Thailand Busanan Ongbamrungphan who also enjoyed a win in even games Kim Ga Eun from South Korea. The Thai player finished the game 21-8, 21-14.
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