Indonesian badminton mixed doubles pair Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti are trying to forget their defeat in the group phase of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. They are fully focused on the quarter-finals and are ready to go all out.
Praveen/Melati qualified for the last eight after being runners up in the group C phase after losing in the party which took place on Monday (26/7/2021). They failed to overcome the pair Yuta Watanabe / Arisa Higashino in the third match, which took place at Musashino Forest Plaza. Berita Terkini
The All England 2020 champion lost two straight games with a score of 13-21, 10-21. Praveen said their defeat could not be separated from the pressure they received from the start of the match.
“Today our game was not so good. We were under pressure from the start,” Praveen said in a PBSI release.
Meanwhile, mixed doubles coach Nova Widianto was reluctant to comment on the performance of his athletes in the group phase of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Currently, he is focusing on the match that will be faced by Praveen/Melati next.
The mixed doubles quarter-final draw will take place tonight at 21.00 Tokyo time or 19.00 WIB. Meanwhile, the last eight matches are scheduled to take place on Wednesday (28/7). Berita Olahraga
They have the opportunity to meet the winners of Group A from China Zheng Siwei/Huang Ya Qiong, group B winners Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith from England, or group D winners Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping (China).
“I just hope that they (Praveen/Melati) can do their best for Indonesia, whoever their opponent is in the top eight. Show their passion and fighting power,” said Nova who accompanied the athletes in Tokyo.
Nova, who also won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Liliyana Natsir, also hopes that his athletes can quickly forget about defeat and fix non-technical problems in the next match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Politik Eropa dan Prusia
“Forget today’s defeat or their performance in the group stage and fight it out in the last eight and grab a ticket to the semifinals,” he said.
“This is the Olympics every four years. Even this time because of the pandemic, it’s even been five years. Don’t lose just because of non-technical problems. The opponent is also afraid that they can play normally,” said Nova. Berita Dunia