HONG KONG, Kompas.com – Two consecutive titles were won by the pair of double men Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon in an Asian tour at the end of the year. After last week's defending title at Fuzhou China Open 2018, today they have retained their title at the 2018 Hong Kong Open.
Kevin / Marcus climbed the podium after defeating the fourth seed in Japan, Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda, with relative ease, 21-13, 21-12.
The appearance of Kevin / Marcus tonight was really extraordinary. Kamura / Sonoda did not have the chance to develop the game. This world's number one partner continues to push its pressure so that it always excels in numbers.
"We can go straight from the beginning, we do not expect them to look like this, because meetings with them are always crowded," Marcus said about the game.
"Earlier, we were able to push our opponent directly, to enter the field where he was ready when he was pressed, so we did not want to get rid of him, the danger if he had developed, the game could be very crowded" he added.
"If you say it's easy to win, no, but today we are better prepared and rarely do our mistakes." Always press your opponent, "commented Kevin at Badmintonindonesia.org.
The following are the final results of the 2018 Hong Kong Open:
Two women: Yuki Fukushima / Sayaka Hirota (1 / JPN) Lee So He / Shin Seung Chan (7 / COR) 21-18, 21-17
Unique for women: Nokomi Okuhara (7 / JPN) Ratchanok Intanon (6 / THA) 21-19, 24-22
Teams for men: Son Wan Ho (6 / KOR) Kenta Nishimoto (8 / JPN) 14-21, 21-17, 21-13
Two mixed teams: Yuta Watanabe / Arisa Higashino (7 / JPN) Wang Yilyu / Huang Dongping (2 / CHN) 21-18, 21-14
Two Men: Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (1 / INA) Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda (4 / JPN) 21-13, 21-12