JAKARTA - Two pairs of Indonesian shuttlers brought home two titles from the prestigious Badminton World Championship in Tianhe Indoor Stadium, Guangzhou, China, on Sunday.
The two-time All England mixed doubles champion Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir won their first world championship title as a pair in a match that kept you on the edge of your seat against China's Xu Chen-Ma Jin that ended 21-13, 16-21, 22-20.
In the men's doubles event Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan eased past Danish pair, former world number one Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen in a straight set 21-13, 23-21.
The Indonesian mixed doubles pair easily won 21-13 over Xu - Ma in the first game, which made the world number one pair persistently, fight back in the second game and win 21-16 over Tontowi-Liliyana.
The third game was a fierce point battle between the two pairs, which was finally won by Tontowi and Liliyana.
"I bet Xu-Ma played under pressure considering they played in front of their home crowd. Moreover, they dominated the third game and left us 20-18, fortunately we were able to level at 20-20 and won," said Liliyana who won her third world championship title, as quoted by Antara.
She previously won the world mixed doubles titles with her previous partner Nova Widianto in 2005 and 2007.
"This is a world championship where all countries participate and aim to win. Being able to snatch a title [in the event] is quite an achievement for me and Tontowi," she said, adding that she hoped they could maintain their achievement.
Her partner Tontowi highlighted their mentality factor. "Mentality becomes an important factor for today's winners and maybe a little bit of luck. We were just trying to match their play".
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono congratulated the shuttlers via his Twitter account @SBYudhoyono saying, "Praise the Lord, Indonesia took gold medals in the badminton championship in Guangzhou, Tiongkok. Congratulations and thank you".
Chairman of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) Gita Wirjawan who flew to Guangzhou early on Sunday said that it was an emotional moment for him. "Thanks to the dedication of all athletes, coaches and [PBSI] managers and all Indonesian fans".
Youth and Sports Minister Roy Suryo considered the achievement to be a great gift for Indonesia's 68th anniversary on Aug. 17.
In the women's singles event, 18-year-old shuttler Ratchanok Intanon become the youngest and the first Thai shuttler to win a title in the championships since its initial event in 1977 after beating China's Olympic champion Li Xuerui 22-20, 18-21, 21-14.
Unfortunately the world's number one in men's singles event Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia failed to collect another title on his name after being forced to retire at the last minute of the third game against China's Lin Dan due to injury.
In the women's doubles, China's Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang subdued South Korea's Eom Hye-won - Jang Ye-na 21-14, 18-21, 21-8 in a-69-minute game.
Overall Indonesia placed second behind China with two gold medals. China collected two gold, two silver and four bronze.