23 Januari 2019



 NEWS 12/09/2001
Indonesia retain women's team gold

Indonesia retain women's team gold

KUALA LUMPUR Sept 11 - Thailand tried hard but failed to break Indonesia's dominance in the SEA Games women's team badminton competition, losing 1-3 in the final at Stadium Malawati near here today.

Other than a loss in the second singles, things went according to plan for Indonesia who have won the title since joining the Games in 1977.

Indonesia took two-and-a-half hours to clinch the gold, thanks largely to world number 10 Lydia Djaelawijaya who gave them the first point.

Lydia was expected to have a tough time against Thailand's Sujitra Eakmongkolpaisarn but instead won 11-7, 11-2.

Deyana Lomban and Vita Marissa then collected the second point for Indonesia when they beat Saralee Thungthongkam-Satinee Changkrachangwong 15-10, 15-6.

The Thais led 6-3 in the second game but Deyana-Vita took advantage of their unforced errors and wrapped up the game with just one service.

The Indonesians were given a scare when Yuli Marfuah lost to Salakjit Polsana in a three-game thriller.

Yuli won 11-6 in the first game but succumbed to pressure as she was expected to clinch the winning point for Indonesia.

She lost 2-11, 8-11 to Salakjit in the second and third games.

However, Emma Ermawati-Eny Erlangga easily beat Duanganong Aroonkesorn-Kunchala Voraviechitchaikul 15-7, 15-8 for the winning point.

Indonesian team manager Christian Hadinata said Lydia's win had spurred the others to bring out their best.

"The first match is always important although we treat every match equally," said Christian, who earlier predicted that Thailand or Malaysia could deny Indonesia the gold.

He said the win would also boost the players' confidence for the individual events which begin tomorrow.

Indonesian coach Verawati Fajirin said the victory was expected.

"Yuli's loss was just a hiccup as the Thai player was mentally stronger," she said.

Losing semi-finalists Malaysia and Vietnam share the bronze.

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