Badminton: Ginting defeats Sakai to win Indonesian Masters, locals also win men's doubles

Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia celebrating after defeating Kazumasa Sakai in the Indonesian Masters 2018 tournament, on Jan 28, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian shuttler Anthony Sinisuka Ginting defeated Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21-13, 21-12 to win the Indonesian Masters badminton final on Sunday.

The 21-year-old was in commanding form in front of a boisterous home crowd at Jakarta's Istora Senayan Stadium, seizing the title after 33 minutes of play.

Sakai, 27, who overcame world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark on his way to the final, put in a gutsy effort but was no match for the quick-footed Indonesian.

"Thank God, I'm really grateful to be able to get my first title in Indonesia," Ginting said after the match.

"It was a tight game early on."

The result catapults the world No. 16 into the top 10 in the rankings.

In the day's final match, the home team's top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo outlasted Chinese second seeds Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen 11-21, 21-10, 21-16 in nearly an hour.

In the women's singles, world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying was too strong for India's Saina Nehwal.

The Taiwanese shuttler - who has now won the past seven encounters between the two - dispatched Nehwal in under 30 minutes, smashing her 21-9, 21-13.

Tai, who was the crowd favourite, hopes to repeat her form in this year's marquee events.

"My 2018 targets are the World Championships and Asian Games because those two tournaments are the biggest," she said.

China's Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong defeated Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir 21-14, 21-11 to claim the mixed doubles title.

In women's doubles, Japan's Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, the second seeds, beat eighth-seeded Indonesians Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu 21-17, 21-12.

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