Indonesia can proudly celebrate its 70th independence day after winning gold on home soil at the Total BWF World Championships on Sunday (16/8). Mohammad Ahsan/ Hendra Setiawan defeated Chinese duo Liu Xiaolong/ Qiu Zihan in the final of the men’s doubles in Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan Jakarta.
“We are very proud we can give this gift, even though it’s not yet tomorrow,” Hendra Setiawan told reporters from various media after the match.
The third seeded men’s pair swept the title match in 2 set with the score of 21-17 and 21-14. The song of “Indonesia Raya” resounded with the waving of the Red and White flag, giving a sweet finish of the tournament for Indonesia.
China’s Liu/ Qiu did give a good fight especially in the first set when they forced a draw at 17-17. But Ahsan/ Hendra recorded four consecutive points to make sure they won the set. The Indonesia’s best duo played even better in the second games. They continued to lead in points and eventually won the game.