Big win for Indonesia
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon won the men’s doubles at the Indonesia Open 2021. The Minions won in straight sets over the Japanese doubles Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi with 21-14 and 21-18.
In the final match of the Indonesia Open 2021 which took place at the Bali International Convention Center on Sunday 28th November, the chase for points between Kevin/Marcus and Hoki/Kobayashi lasted until the score was 10-10. The first interval lasted 8 minutes with the Japanese doubles leading 11-10.
After halftime, Kevin/Marcus immediately added points. Kevin’s return made Hoki/Kobayashi ahead again 11-12. Marcus’ hard smash again made it level 12-12.
Kevin/Marcus were able to add two consecutive points after that. Until the rest of the first game, the world number one pair was not overtaken, Kevin/Marcus won the first game with a score of 21-14 with a duration of 14 minutes. Hoki’s wide return became Kevin/Marcus’ winning point in the first game.
Tough chase for points between Indonesia and Japan pair
The second game was running, Kevin/Marcus’ battle with Hoki/Kobayashi was fierce again. The pursuit of points again occurred up to 7-7. At the interval, Kevin/Marcus could lead 11-8 in a duration of 10 minutes. Hoki/Kobayashi’s service error became Kevin/Marcus’ 11th point.
After the interval, the position of Kevin/Marcus vs Hoki/Kobayashi was back in balance at 12-12. However, Kevin/Marcus were able to break the rate of Hoki/Kobayashi’s point acquisition with Kevin’s smash.
Kevin/Marcus had a 3 point lead. A fierce battle took place in which Hoki/Kobayashi could equalize at a score of 17-17.
After winning, Kevin/Marcus continued to improve their attack. The second game closed with a score of 21-18. The return of service related to the net, became the decisive victory for Kevin/Marcus in a duration of 38 minutes.
In the end, Kevin/Marcus were able to avenge the defeat in the final of the Indonesia Masters last week. They lost 21-11, 19-21, and 19-21. Kevin/Marcus also confirmed the Indonesian Open title three times in a row, since 2018.