Jonathan wins convincingly, Chico is eliminated

Jakarta: Indonesian men's singles Jonatan Christie started the BWF World Tour Super 750 India Open 2023 with a convincing victory against Canadian representative Brian Yang at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall, New Delhi, India, on Tuesday.

Jojo, the nickname of Jonatan Christie, needed only 30 minutes to secure victory in two consecutive matches 21-14, 21-9.

The victory made Jojo the second Indonesian representative to secure a place in the second round or round of 16 at the 2022 Indian Open, after mixed doubles Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto/Lisa Ayu Kusumawati. “I am grateful that I was able to play well and win the opening match thanks to this good performance and results,” Jojo said in a written statement received in Jakarta on Tuesday.

According to Jojo, the match conditions in India were different from those at the Malaysia Open last week.

“This match in India contrasts with the last time in Malaysia. Here, the air and the pitch are cold, as if we were playing in Europe. In these conditions, I really feel better,” said Jojo.

“I just need to take care of the non-technical things. I just need to keep my mind, my focus, my mentality and my self-belief on the pitch,” he said.

The key to winning against Brian, Jojo continued, was that he kept pushing from the start. “I didn't give my opponent a chance to develop. When I was leading, I couldn't be careless,” said the badminton fourth seed.

In the second round, Jojo will meet China's Zhao Jun Peng. “I have to prepare again. I'm going to meet him. You have to watch out for your opponent's slow playing patterns. Slow patterns and tempos like that often make me uncomfortable. I can't be trapped in a game like that,” Jojo said. .

Meanwhile, the other men's singles representative, Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo, had to return home early after losing to China's Shi Yu Qi with a score of 22-20, 16-21, 15-21 in a match of 60 minutes.

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