Tokyo, MINA – Indonesian men’s doubles pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon have successfully defended their title in the Japan Open 2018 after defeating Li Junhui / Liu Yuchen (China), with a score of 21-11, 21-13.
The title was the sixth won by Kevin / Marcus this year after the titles at 2018 Daihatsu Indonesia Masters, India Open 2018 BWF World Super 500 Tour, All England 2018 BWF World Tour Super 1000, Indonesia Open 2018 Blibli Super BWF World Tour 1000 and 2018 Asian Games.
“We are happy to be able to defend our title. Moreover, this tournament is in Japan can give the best results for our sponsors,” Kevin said, reported by PBSI website.
In the final match which took place at Musashino Forest Sports Plaza. Although Li / Liu changed their game tactics, Kevin / Marcus appeared solid and did not give Li / Liu an opportunity to develop their game.
“Today the opponents change their game, is different from used to be. Li / Liu play more defensively, but we are ready with all their strategies, so we are more confident,” Kevin added, with Marcus getting stronger at the top of the world ranking.
Marcus also agreed with Kevin’s statement. Even though opponents change strategies, they have anticipated it. Scores were far enough in the closing of the first game and the second game.
“The atmosphere is nice we are quite comfortable playing here. Even though the ball is heavy but we can overcome it,” Kevin said.
Following are the complete results of the Japan Open 2018 final:
Kento Momota (3 / JPN) vs. Khosit Phetpradab (THA) 21-14, 21-11
Yuki Fukushima / Sayaka Hirota (1 / JPN) vs. Chen Qingchen / Jia Yifan (3 / CHN) 21-15, 21-12
Zheng Siwei / Huang Yaqiong (1 / CHN) vs Wang Yilyu /Huang Dongping (2 / CHN) 21-19, 21-8
Carolina Marin (6 / ESP) vs Nozomi Okuhara (8/JPN) 21-19,17-21, 21-11. (T/Sj)/RS5)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)