* Indonesia whip Singapore 4-0
* Philippines win their first points with a 2-2 draw against Vietnam
INDONESIA continued their relentless march in the 3rd Axiata Cup at the Britama Sport Hall in Jakarta with another 4-0 win – this time over Singapore in Monday’s afternoon session while the Philippines secured their first points with a fighting display against Vietnam for a 2-2 draw.
The big win took Indonesia to the top of the table with 18 points from four wins and a draw out of five matches after some confusion over the points was sorted out this morning following complaints by some teams, especially All-Star Europe. Indonesia’s only blemish so far was the 2-2 draw against All-Star Asia in the opening match. But it has been smooth sailing for the Garuda team since then.
The homesters, have the biggest team in the tournament and even their reserves have been in devastating form although Indonesia fielded their top singles player Tommy Sugiarto against Singapore’s 17-year-old Penang-born Loh Kean Yew. Tommy, son of former world champion Icuk Sugiarto toyed with his rookie opponent for a 21-13, 21-11 win in 30 minutes.
Another of Singapore’s naturalised citizen, China-born Chen Jiayuan (No 58) was the next to fall – losing 21-18, 21-18 to Indonesia’s world No 34 Bellaetrix Manuputty in the women’s singles for a 2-0 lead. In the men’s doubles Hendra Setiawan-Markis Kido made it 3-0 for Indonesia with a 21-19, 21-10 over HendraWijaya-Terry Hee Yong Kai. World No 11 Riky Widianto-Richi Puspita Dili finished off the tie in style with an effortless 21-15, 21-17 win over Loh Kean Hean-Tan Wei Han.
Vietnam’s top number one shuttler, 22-year-old Nguyen Tien Minh (No 17) took only 27 minutes as he strolled to a a 21-16, 21-18 win over Antonio Benyamin Gadi. It was the 30-year-old Tien Minh’s first match in the tournament as he was tied down by the Purple League in Malaysia where he plays for Petaling Jaya BC. Tien Minh is also the reigning US Open champion.
Top woman shuttler Vu Thi Trang (53) made it 2-0 for Vietnam with an easy 21-16, 21-8 win over Sarah Joy Barredo,18, a High School student from Manila and Vietnam looked set for a big win but it turned out to be false call.That was as far as Vietnam, 7th overall last year, could go as the Filipinos came back strongly in the doubles.
Reigning Swiss Open champions Paul Jeffersen Vivas-Peter Gabriel Magnaye (74) tamed Vietnam’s scratch pair of Duong Bao Duc-Pham 21-18, 21-17 in the men’s doubles. And a fighting display by Ronel Estanislao-Joella Geve De Vera in the mixed doubles saw Phillipines share the spoils in a three-set thriller, prevailing 21-15, 8-21, 21-15 against Duong Bao Duc-Pham Nhu Thao.
While the Filipinos were smiling, the Vietnamese were left disappointed and dejected.
RESULTS (DEC 1)
INDONESIA 4 SINGAPORE 0
Tommy Sugiarto beat Loh Kean Yew 21-13, 21-11
Bellaetrix Manuputty beat Chen Jiayuan 21-18, 21-18
Hendra Setiawan-Markis Kido beat Hendra Wijaya-Terry Hee Yong Kai 21-19, 21-10
Riky Widianto-Richi Puspita Dili beat Loh Kean Hean-Tan Wei Han 21-15, 21-17
PHILIPPINES 2 VIETNAM 2
Antonio Benyamin Gadi lost to Nguyen Tien Minh 16-21, 8-21
Sarah Joy Barredo lost to Vu Thi Trang 16-21, 8-21
Paul Jeffersen Vivas-Peter Gabriel Magnaye beat Dao Manh Thang-Le Ha Anh 21-18, 21-17
Ronel Estanislao-Joella Geva De Vera beat Duong Bao Duc-Pham Nhu Thao 21-15, 8-21, 21-15
FIXTURES (DEC 2 – TUESDAY)
Philippines versus Malaysia
Thailand versus Vietnam
Europe versus Indonesia
Singapore versus Asia
(All matches at Britama Sport Hall, Jakarta)