AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2009 – Indian Doubles Miss Gold

It was a disappointing outing for the Indian doubles pairings as both R. Kumar / S. Thomas, the top seeds in the men’s doubles, and the recently forged combination of […]
australia-balan-kurianIt was a disappointing outing for the Indian doubles pairings as both R. Kumar / S. Thomas, the top seeds in the men’s doubles, and the recently forged combination of S. Kurian / A. Balan lost to their lesser fancied opponents at the finals of the Yonex in Melbourne today.
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The veteran Indian duo of Rupesh & Sanave failed to find their rhythm and were completely outclassed by their Malaysian opposition of Gan Teik Chai / Tan Bin Shen.  The more experienced Indian pair was not allowed to dominate the net and could not find answers to the smashing prowess of the Malaysians as Gan/Tan cruised home to take the title. The 13–21, 11–21 loss in quick-fire 26 minutes must have come as a bitter disappointment to Rupesh and Sanave as they march towards their preparations for the World Championships.

australia-kumarS. Kurian / A. Balan are extremely proficient doubles players in their own rights and in spite of their partnership being only four months old, the pair reached their 2nd finals in Melbourne after a finals outing at the Spanish Open in May this year.  After stringing together fine performances in the earlier rounds and taking out the top seeded Kiwi pair of D. Barry / D. Holiday in the semis they started today’s finals as the firm favourites.

But they were to only follow suit as their male counterparts. Losing a string of 6 consecutive points to trail from 12-14 to 12-20 seemed to dent the Indian ladies’ confidence and the pair never really recovered during the match against the eventual champs Huang Chia Chi / Tang He Tian, who ensured that the women’s doubles crown would stay at home.  Shruti/Aparna were beaten 13-21, 9-21 in straight games by the Australian pair.

It was Indonesian glory in the men’s and women’s singles events as Maria Febe Kusumastuti ousted top seed Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong 21-18, 21-19 to be crowned the women’s singles champion whilst compatriot Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka staked claim to the men’s crown, beating another Indonesian Yunus Alamsyah 21-17, 21-18 after having accounted for the top seed Chan Yan Kit of Hong Kong earlier in the semis.

Hong Kong did take home the mixed doubles crown when the top-seeded pair of Yohan Wiratama / Chau Hoi Wah sailed past the Kiwi opposition of Henry Tam / Donna Holiday 21-11, 21-5 in a breezy 17 minutes.

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Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.