It seems impossible for anyone to win the Indonesia Super Series (Indonesia Open) if you aren’t Indonesian. In days past it was Ardy Wiranata, Taufik Hidayat, and most recently Sony Dwi Kuncoro. Now Taufik is back in the final once again, and this time against the best possible opponent, Lee Chong Wei. I say the best possible opponent because Malaysia and Indonesia have feuded over badminton for years so it seems fitting for these two players to meet in this final.
Lee Chong Wei had a somewhat closer match against Chen Jin winning 21-15, 22-20 while Taufik had a somewhat smoother victory over his fellow countryman Sony Dwi Kuncoro winning 21-17, 21-14. The last time these two met was back at the Swiss Super Series where Lee Chong Wei just snuck out the win, but this time he is going to have thousands of screaming Indonesians to overcome. The smart money is on Taufik for this final.
The women’s singles will also feature some excitement with Wang Lin meeting the young Indian Saina Nehwal. Saina won a nailbiter of a match against Lu Lan sneaking by 25-23, 21-19. Wang Lin made it through much more comfortably beating Xie Xingfang 21-19, 21-13. Saina Nehwal is quite the rising star, and it would be very exciting to see her crack through the Chinese women’s dominance.
All in all I’m quite excited to see the results from tomorrow, I only wish I could be there!
MS – Taufik Hidayat vs Lee Chong Wei
WS – Wang Lin vs Saina Nehwal
MD – Jung/Lee vs Cai/Fu
WD – Chin/Wong vs Cheng/Zhao
XD – Zheng/Ma defeated Lee/Lee