2019 is arguably the year of Indonesian badminton duo Fajar Alfian / Muhammad Rian Ardianto. The Indonesian men’s doubles duo has just successfully become the champions of the 2019 Korean Open at Incheon, South Korea.
Previously partying in South Korea, the duet nicknamed FajRi was also a success at Siwss. Precisely after becoming champion at the 2019 Swiss Open tournament in mid-March. The series made Fajar / Rian a champion twice in a row on the 2019 BWF World Tour competition calendar.
Not just stopping there, Fajar / Rian also had a series of other proud achievements during his 2019 competition. What were those? the following are the remarks:
Always Win Two Sets Without a ‘Deuce’ in the Final Party
At the 2019 Swiss Open, Fajar / Rian faced with men’s doubles from Taiwan Lee Yang / Wang Chi-Lin. In the first set of doubles, Taiwan offered stiff resistance, but the cold execution of Fajar was able to put Indonesia ahead 21-19. While in the second set they showed their dominance with a landslide score of 21-16.
Their success was repeated again at the 2019 Korean Open. Without further ado both of them took the Japanese men’s doubles Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda (Japan) with striking scores of 21-16 and 21-17.
FajRi on average only takes 45 minutes to end the resistance of the opponent
Taken from BolaSport.com, at the 201F BWF World Tour Super 500 Korea Open tournament the total minutes of playing Dawn / Rian touched 128 minutes.
Meanwhile, to become a champion, the men’s doubles nicknamed FajRi played 5 matches.
That is, they need an average of about 45 minutes before subverting their opponents. Or 41.6 minutes in each match.
Imbagi Kamura / Sonoda Head to Head
Dawn / Rian and Kamura / Sonoda turned out to be old opponents. Before the final of the 2019 Korea Open the two men’s doubles had competed nine times. Of the nine meetings the Japanese men’s doubles won five times. While the rest is a victory from Fajar / Rian.
And Sunday, September 29, Icheon Airport Skydome was a silent witness of the Dawn / Rian victory over Kamura / Sonodo. At the same time making both draws head to head 5-5.
Just Feel the Rubber Game Once at the 2019 Korean Open
Fajar / Rian’s performance report card at the 2019 Korea Open is almost perfect. Noted that they only once underwent a rubber game when facing Chinese doubles Ou Xuanyi / Zhan Nan. At that time they lost in the first set but managed to win in the last two sets.
It became the first and last rubber game that Dawn / Rian did while competing at the 2019 Korean Open. This means that they almost wiped out the competition with the dominance of two direct games
Champion Title Breaks Public Expectations
The two-time BWF World Tour champion is not something trivial. This means they have twice become the best rather than the best. But on paper Dawn and Rian are not a superior pair.
Like at the 2019 Korean Open, the Indonesian men’s doubles pair played as the sixth seed. With the participation of the top five seeds above, FajRi is predicted to only reach the quarter-finals. But both of them were able to break the guesswork by almost always winning straight games.
They were able to subvert the first seed Marcus Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya aka Minion with a score of 22-20, 21-17 in the quarter-finals. Then in the semifinal they got fierce resistance from the third seed, Chinese doubles Li Junhui / Liu Yuchen in two grueling sets 27-25, 22-20. While in the final they faced the fourth seed from Japan, Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda.