The surprise occurred in the Thomas Cup simulation, where the young pair Daniel Marthin / Leo Rolly Carnando defeated the Indonesian Team’s flagship pair The Minions, Kevin Sanjaya / Marcus Gideon, in the second match of the tournament with two straight sets (21-16, 21-17) on Thursday 3 September 2020.
Daniel / Leo themselves are members of the PBSI junior national training team, they gave a surprise, by overcoming the world number one pair Kevin Sanjaya / Marcus Gideon. This result also succeeded in doubling the Garuda team’s lead to 2-0 over the Harimau team.
“Actually, we play the same as yesterday, the instructions from the coach are the same. The important thing is to play no loops , and it works,” said Leo, as quoted by Tempo.co.
The success of Daniel / Leo cannot be separated from their hard work to keep trying to put pressure on their seniors from the start of the match. On the other hand, it is Kevin / Marcus who are relatively more passive, thus giving their opponents the opportunity to continue attacking until they fall behind.
Even though they changed field positions in the second set, Daniel / Leo did not lose their concentration, still applying tactical pressures. Even though in the second half, The Minions started to find their rhythm, Daniel / Leo remained on top of them, finally finishing the match with a victory.
Previously in the men’s singles sector, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting managed to escape the pressure of the first party, when facing Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo and succeeded in giving the Garuda team the first points in the 2020 Thomas Cup Simulation Tournament.
Ginting lost in the first set, but in the end was able to finish. the match with victory (18-21, 21-15, 21-13) beat Chico who is the representative of the Tiger team.
“Losing (points) in the first game because maybe from my lack of playing strategy, Chico from his physical and agility is still excellent, he still has more control of the ball,” said Anthony Ginting after the match on Thursday.
In the third party match, a single sector match took place Firman Abdul Kholik (Tiger) vs Ikhsan Leonardo Rumbay (Garuda).