Badminton: Men's doubles pair Chrisnanta and Wijaya out of OUE S'pore Open in 2nd round

Singapore's Hendra Wijaya (left) and Danny Bawa Chrisnanta (right) in action during the first round of the men's doubles of the OUE Singapore Open. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - National men's doubles pair Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya are out of the OUE Singapore Open, losing 10-21, 10-21 to Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan in their second round match on Thursday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Chrisnanta said: "Anything (we tried to do) - we played long, they're more steady. We played short, they're more steady, we played one-to-one, they're more steady. We need to strengthen our strategy.

"The match today is for us to (see) where we stand in this world-class (field)."

The Singaporean duo had entered just their fourth tournament together since they resurrected their partnership late last year. They had previously paired together in 2011.

Hendra, 30, said: "After not long ago, I partnered with him. We need more communication and be more steady in how we play."

Even though they are veterans in the team, the pair felt that there are many years still to play ahead of them.

Chrisnanta, 27, said: "At our age, we're still confident to go for the SEA Games (next year) and Commonwealth Games (in 2018). We can see that there's something to improve and be better."

Their exit means that mixed doubles pair Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han are the only Singapore representatives left in the competition. They take on Liu Yuchen and Tang Jinhua of China in a later match on Thursday night.

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