With absence of SDK and Simon, this time Indonesia will be having almost 50-50 chance against India in group stage. Both Tommy and Simon chance to deliver point against India is 50-50.
MS: Tommy/Hayom vs Kashyap/Gurusaidutt/Ajay : 50-50
WS: Linda vs Saina : 48-52
XD: Towy/Lily vs Tarun/Ashwini : 55-45
MD: Ahsan/Hendra vs ?? : 55-45
WD : whoever : 55-45
INA Team Simulation Result :
Linda vs April 21-18 21-19
Greys/Nitya vs Gebby/Tiara 21-11 21-11
Hendra/Ryan vs Fran/Angga 22-20 21-12
Towi/Lily vs Rijal/Debby 18-21 21-17 21-15
Hayom vs Tomy 15-21 22-20 21-7
Second-Tier Shuttlers to Carry the Weight at Sudirman Cup
With the absence of senior players representing Indonesia at this month’s Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur, younger players will be forced to lead the country’s team to victory.
Many senior players are missing from both the men’s and women’s rosters. Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso, the world no. 4 and no. 14 players, did not qualify for the squad announced by the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) earlier this week. Sony is still recovering from a recurrent back injury, while Simon has been performing poorly.
As a result, Tommy Sugiarto and Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka are on the men’s roster, though they are usually listed as backup players. “It’s true that it’s Tommy and Hayom’s first time competing without the assistance of senior players, but they are no longer second-tier shuttlers.
“Since the senior members of the team are not able to represent Indonesia at this year’s event, they must carry the responsibility,” Rexy Mainaky, the head of the PBSI’s athlete’s development, said during a simulation test for the Cup team at the national badminton camp in Cipayung on Wednesday.
Additionally, the women’s team will be missing Adrianti Firdasari (29) and Maria Febe Kusumastuti (51), as both have not been playing up to their usual abilities. “Firda is still recovering from a leg injury. She is still below 70 percent, and there is no way for us to send her to the championship. We decided to count on three others because their progress is promising,” Rexy said.
The three players are Linda Wenifanetri (15), Aprilia Yuswandari (23) and Bellaetrix Manuputty (34). Hayom said he plans on seizing this opportunity.
“The absence of our seniors will more or less bring influence to the team. But we will take the opportunity as a challenge to show our capacity as national players,” the world no. 26 said.
Injuries have also hampered the country’s doubles teams. Men’s doubles specialist Mohammad Ahsan, who has a back injury, and women’s doubles player Anneke Feinya Agustin, who is suffering from a knee issue, are both still recovering.
Ahsan, however, will still join the squad.
“He is getting much better, and we will bring him to Kuala Lumpur while Feinya will remain in rehab,” Rexy said.
Feinya will be replaced by Greysia Polii, who will team up with Nitya Krishinda Maheswari, Feinya’s current partner.
The three other slots will be filled by Meiliana Jauhari, Gebby Ristiani Imawan and Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah.
Ahsan and partner Hendra Setiawan will lead the men’s doubles team, while Rian Agung Saputra and Angga Pratama will also compete.
All England champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir will lead Indonesia’s mixed doubles team. The PBSI will also send Muhammad Rijal, Debby Susanto and Fran Kurniawan Teng.
As current China's WS coach is Tang Xian Hu and he will be head to head with current INA's WS coach Liang Chiu Sia. Both are legends and it would be interesting to see both of the coaches face each other.
As Saina is injured, indonesian team has a chance to take that point (WS) more likely. Sindhu is very young. If she carries full weight, she may feel the pressure which i think will create different result.