Indonesian Women’s Doubles Badminton Players Left Out World Championships

Ami Afriatni

Greysia Polii, front, is one of four Indonesian women

Greysia Polii, front, is one of four Indonesian women’s doubles players who will not be playing at next month’s World Championships thanks to a ruling from local officials. (Antara Photo)

Indonesian Women’s Doubles Badminton Players Left Out  World Championships

Indonesia will not be represented in women’s doubles at the World Championships in Paris next month, after local badminton officials decided the shuttlers needed time to work on their new partnerships.

Greysia Polii, Nitya Krishinda Maheswari, Meiliana Jauhari and Shendy Puspa Irawati have been excluded from the Indonesian squad for the Aug. 23-29 tournament, as the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) said it was looking to field the shuttlers at the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November.

Greysia had been paired with Nitya and Meiliana with Shendy until the All England Super Series in March when they switched partners.

In the recent world rankings, Greysia and Nitya were ranked No.12 in the world while the Nitya-Meiliana pairing is at No.18. The new partnerships are much lower, though, with Greysia and Meiliana at No.83 and Nitya and Shendy at No.122.

“We decided not to send them to the World Championships so they can focus more on playing with their new partners,” national women’s doubles coach Aryono Miranat said on Friday.

“Playing with new partners means they have to work their way up the world rankings. If they keep on playing with their old partners, that won’t help them to achieve their goal.”

As playing partners, Greysia and Nitya were the country’s No.1 women’s doubles pair. Last year, they reached the Singapore Open Super Series final. At the Uber Cup in May, they came away with crucial victories against Australia and Denmark.

Shendy said the PBSI’s decision was not a big deal and that she looked forward to playing in other international tournaments.

“We would like to play in Paris, but at the same time we want to raise our world rankings to make sure we get into the top eight in the world and qualify for the 2012 Olympics,” she said.

Without a representative in women’s doubles, the country will send 16 shuttlers to Paris.

Taufik Hidayat will lead the men’s singles team that includes Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso, while Maria Febe Kusumastuti and Adriyanti FIrdasari will compete in women’s singles.

In men’s doubles, Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan will join fellow professional shuttlers Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan and national team members Rian Sukmawan and Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki in France.

In mixed doubles, Indonesia’s top-ranked pair of Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir will play in what could be their last World Championship should Nova push through with his plan to retire after this season.

Fran Kurniawan Teng and Pia Zebadiah Bernadet,  who will play in their first world championship as a pair, and Vita Marissa and Hendra Aprida are the country’s other mixed doubles entries.

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