Former world champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan triumphed at the 2012 Li-Ning Singapore Open Super Series badminton championship after defeating South Korean pair Ko Sung Hyun and Yoo Yeon Seong in three dramatic sets.
The 2008 Olympic gold medalist pair delivered 23 smash winners to send their opponents packing in the match which lasted 49 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Sunday afternoon.
For Kido, who ranked no. 8, with his partner Hendra, won a US$200,000 prize and their first Super Series title this year, making it more than just another award.
“This is an important trophy [for both of us] because we can prove that we can still compete in a world-class event,” said Kido as quoted by Antara news agency.
The performance of the Indonesian pair, who had won prestigious titles, such as the 2007 World championships and 2010 Asian Games, had been declining in the past months after Hendra suffered injuries.
In the Indonesia Open championship last week in Jakarta, the pair was beaten by current world no. 1 Lee Yong Dae and Chung Jae Sung in three sets.
As a result of their waning performance prior to Singapore Open, both Kido and Hendra were not qualified to represent Indonesia in the upcoming London Olympic, losing the spot to their younger compatriots world-no. 7 Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano.
Ahsan and Bona were beaten by Ko Sung Hyun and Yoo Yeon Seong in the Singapore Open’s semifinals 21-19, 19-21 and 14-21.
“We are prepared to regain the number 1 position,” added Kido, who won the Australian Open title earlier this year with Hendra.
Meanwhile, fifth seeded Bao Yixin and Zhong Qianxin of China edged out Taiwanese Cheng Wen Hsing and Chien Yu Chin at 21-12 and 21-17 in 39 minutes to take the women’s doubles event.
Second seeded and world No. 6, Juliane Schenk, faced difficulties in the second set before taking home the women’s singles title by beating fourth seeded Cheng Shao Chieh of Taiwan with 21-11 and 26-24.
Taiwan did not go home empty handed, however, after pair Chen Hung Ling and Chien Yu Chin captured the trophy for the mixed double’s event by defeating Japanese Shintaro Ikeda and Reiko Shiota at 21-17 and 21-11.
Thai player Boonsak Ponsana, who defeated Indonesian hopeful Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka in the tournament’s quarterfinals in three sets, gained victory in the final by crushing Chinese shuttler Wang Zhengming 21-18 and 21-19.