(Blibli Indonesia Open) Greysia/Apriyani Sends the Japanese Pair Home

Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahyu (Indonesia) returning the shuttlecock. (Foto: PBSI)
Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahyu (Indonesia) returning the shuttlecock. (Foto: PBSI)
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Jakarta | Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu made it past the first round of Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000 after sending the Japanese Pair, Ayako Sakuramoto/Yukiko Takahata home through a two-set match of 21-15 and 21-16 that was held in Istora Senayan Jakarta, on Tuesday (16/7).

“Thank god we are able to make it past this round, we actually to make it round-by-round and then we will focus on the next matches. Today was about the mental condition, the opponent was not ready to play against the wind, and the supporters really motive us. Technique-wise, we shall not let our guard off against the Japanese pair, same thing in terms of our physical condition,” said Greysia Polii after the match.

Furthermore, Greysia also hopes that her journey with Apriyani in Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000 will continue as far as possible to collect more points for increase their position in the world’s top Women’s Doubles standing. Greysia/Apriyani currently sits on the fifth position on the world rank and they are eyeing to get the best position before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hence, Greysia/Apriyani claims that they have to focus on every match that they will play. Furthermore, all the pairs in the Women’s Doubles event are also aggressively hunting for points to increase their position by joining many tournaments that are listed as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics point calculation.

“The Super 300 tournament now feels like the Super 1000 tournament. Since the Olympics will begin next year, the Japanese pairs will even fight with their own compatriot. Meanwhile, we play against ourselves and players from the other countries. They are all fighting to reach our position, it’s not just us, the other players from other countries also feel the same about this,” she said.

“It is like now everyone wants to join tournaments, we have to step on the gas earlier,” she added.