Saturday, March 5, 2022 – 07:29 WIB
VIVA – The six-member Indonesian badminton national training team departed to take part in the BWF World Tour Super 300 Herman Open 2022 on Thursday night, March 3. They flew from Soekarno-Hatta international airport, Cengkareng, on Emirates Airlines EK359 via Dubai.
The six representatives are Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Jonatan Christie, Shesar Hiren Rhustavito (men’s singles), Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto (men’s doubles), Rinov Rivaldy/Pitha Haningtyas Mentari and Adnan Maulana/Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso (mixed doubles). Accompanied by two technical trainers, Irwansyah and Nova Widianto, and a physical trainer Yansen Alpine.
Mixed doubles coach Nova Widianto revealed his team’s preparations.
“Preparations for the mixed doubles are very good because yesterday’s Asian Championship was not cut off. So we are really focused on this European tour. I am optimistic that these two young couples can get maximum results,” Nova said as conveyed in a written statement from PBSI.
“The initial target for Rinov / Pitha, I hope they can enter the semifinals first and Adnan / Mychelle are in the top eight. It’s not easy, but the preparation is good, hopefully the results are good. You have to be confident and optimistic,” said Nova.
A steep road awaits young mixed doubles athletes at the 2022 German Open. Rinov/Pitha are likely to meet third seed Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino in the second round if they manage to overcome the New Zealand pair, Oliver Leydon-Davis/Anona Pak in the first round.
Meanwhile, Adnan / Mychelle will directly face Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktavianti who come from the professional path.