I think what's interesting from this pair is they have high defensive stats and rarely makes mistakes, something that differs from your typical Indonesian player, who are mostly offensive and erratic, giving the enemy free points.
But what's different is now they have raised their attacking game, with Polii becoming more active to attack and they also raised their placing game.
I think this will be a new style for the Indonesians, where defensive and tactical placement is more important then the old brute "smash till it go in" style.
At last: Greysia Polii (left) and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari (right) hug their coach after winning in their showdown match for the badminton women’s doubles gold medal — Indonesia’s first at the 17th Asian Games — in Incheon, South Korea, on Saturday.
INCHEON, South Korea - Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari ended Indonesia's gold medal drought on the eighth day of the Asian Games, becoming the third national women's doubles badminton pair to win at the quadrennial event.
The last time Indonesia won the women's doubles gold was in 1978, when Verawati Fajrin and Imelda Wigoena triumphed at the Bangkok Games. The first pair to win was Minarni and Retno Kustijah at the 1962 Jakarta Games.
Greysia and Nitya gave a commanding performance, defeating Misaki Matsumoto and Ayaki Takahashi of Japan 21-15 and 21-9 in 46 minutes at the Gyeyang Gymnasium.
The Red-and-White delegation has further shots at badminton gold, with two mixed doubles pairs and the men's doubles advancing to the next stage, all at the expense of Korean opponents.
Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto overcame second-game jitters to brush aside Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ha-na 21-9, 9-21 and 21-15, while Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir also needed three games to dispatch Shin Baek-cheol and Chang Ye-na 19-21, 21-16 and 21-9.
Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan came back from a game down in their match beating Kim Gijung and Kim Sarang 19-21, 21-16, and 21-18.
The most important showdown of the day for the Indonesian camp met expectations, as Greysia and Nitya played spiritedly to hold off the Japanese inside a gymnasium that that had already been deserted by home-team spectators.
After winning, the two players celebrated and rushed to embrace their coach, so overwhelmed by ecstasy they could not hold back their tears.
"I can say nothing about our feelings at the moment. We are so happy. This is for our families, our coach and the Indonesian people," Greysia said.
Hendra and Ahsan will face Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seaong in the final on Sunday, while the two Indonesian mixed-double pairs will tackle Chinese opponents for a place in Monday's final.
To be honest too, am more happy of Greysia finally winning major than Ahsan/Hendra won same gold medal. She has great personality and overcome her chubby situation and maximize one of her strength: agility and energetic.
Rexy has certainly makes some BIG changes to INA's badminton after his appointment a couple of years ago. Kudos to him. Maybe sparring with the men's team bears the fruit though. Anyway, Greysia and Nitya is surely a pair to watch in the future! The Chinese team would surely analyse their game over and over again to identify what actually went wrong.
Being TPE GP Gold winner when they beat formidable Wang/Yu in final certainly boosted Greys/Nitya confidence to do best at Asian Games and all their hardworkings are paid off to bag gold in big event! Waiting their next performances
Yes what a wonderful pair that Eng Hian has brought to life!
Not that Greysia Polii is not a lively lady. She has been in the circuit for quite a while and her new partnership with Nitya must be a reprieve for her dedication to the game. Her smile is most infectious!
Perhaps Rio is waiting for her and Nitya to capture the Olympic Gold? Barring any unforeseen circumstances or injuries.
Greysia and Nitya had partnered in 2009 with limited success, only winning silver at the SEA Games back then, and runner-up at the Singapore Open SS as well.
With Meiliana Jauhari, Greysia had a decent (but bridesmaid-esque) 2010-11 as runners-up in the Taipei, Macau and Indonesia GPG events. They were one of four teams to be disqualified in London at the OG-2012
Nitya hails from a family of achievers in various athletic/sporting disciplines, including a cousin who was a 2-times OG silver medallist in weight-lifting and a father who was a former national football player.
Nitya had a successful partnership with Anneke Feinya Agustin in 2011, winning the Vietnam Open GP and the SEA Games gold. The pair had a very ordinary 2012, never really getting to Saturdays much less Sundays. In May 2013, she was paired up with Greysia once more at the Sudirman Cup, and they have been together since.