Indonesian Double mix, Tontowi Ahmad / Liliyana Natsir finally managed to end the 'curse' of Istora, after seven times failed to become champion in Indonesia Open held in Istora, this time they finally became champion in Blibli Indonesia Open 2018 HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000. Tontowi / Liliyana after defeating Chan Peng Soon / Goh Liu Ying (Malaysia), with the score 21-17, 21-8.
This victory at once makes Tontowi / Liliyana successfully defended the title they won last year when the tournament was held at JCC Senayan. Tontowi / Liliyana will also re-rule the top of the mixed doubles rankings.
"Finally, after a long time in Istora we can win, I was tense first because there were a lot of spectators, but in my heart there is confidence to win, because we can apply our game pattern," said Tontowi.
"Actually I am happy at the same time sad because this possibility last time I compete in Indonesia Open We are glad to be able to give title, Istora mythology haunted for Owi / Butet have no need to be discussed again, paid in full," said Liliyana.
"The meaning is great for us, honestly even though I say do not want to think, but still think I can not win in Istora?" he added.
Liliyana revealed that although they are ahead 9-1 in the meeting record, but they do not want to be careless and keep preparing themselves by studying the opposing game video.
"They must be disturbed by the crowd of supporters, especially I read Goh's statement about fighting a stadium, maybe he's also shaking against that much supporter," said Liliyana.
Meanwhile, Chan / Goh wishes they had another chance to meet Liliyana before he retires. Chan / Goh hopes to win the game and improve their meeting record to 2-10.
"I was having trouble talking to Chan, the crowds put a lot of pressure on us, we did not play well, we were not satisfied with our performance, and the short and long service they combined made us confused," Goh said.
"Actually we want to try to play one hundred percent but we have already lost, but the opponent is heavier, after the Olympics, Tontowi / Liliyana still look consistent while we are still unstable," Chan added.
Indonesia again added the title in Blibli Indonesia Open 2018 through the victory of men's doubles pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon. ( Badminton Indonesia twitter )