Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir stayed on course for their second championship of the season, making quick work of England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg in the second round of the Singapore Open Super Series at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
The mixed doubles pair took less than 30 minutes to hack out a 21-18, 21-11 victory, boosting the No. 1-ranked duo’s confidence heading into the next round.
“I thought our opponents didn’t play that well,” Nova said.
“They used the same style of play as what they used at the Sudirman Cup, so that really made it easier for us [to beat them],” he added.
In the next round, Nova and Lilyana will take on Poland’s Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Kostiuczyk, 21-17, 21-18 winners over Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Ng Hui Lin.
“We’re excited about our chances,” Nova said. “We’re confident but we want to be careful at the same time.”
Sony Dwi Kuncoro advanced in men’s singles, ousting Hsieh Yu Hsing of Taiwan 21-15, 21-15 in 36 minutes. The third-seeded Indonesian’s quarterfinal opponent is South Korea’s Park Sung Hwan, a 21-16, 21-12 winner over Japanese Kenichi Tago.
Simon Santoso was the first big-name casualty for the national shuttlers after he was upset 21-11, 21-17 by Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand. Simon, who got a walkover in the opening round after his Chinese opponent withdrew, was out of sync on Thursday, losing in 27 minutes.
The pairs of Devin Lahardi Fitriawan and Lita Nurlita, and Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki and Rian Sukmawan also saw their Singapore runs come to an end.
Devin and Lita lost 21-9, 17-21, 21-10 to No. 4 seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark in mixed doubles.
“When you start slow, it’s usually hard to come from behind. And that’s what happened to us,” Devin said.
“We made a lot of mistakes and that was the story,” he added.
Yonathan and Rian gave fourth-seeded Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen of Denmark all they could handle before fading 28-30, 21-12, 21-17 in a men’s doubles match that lasted an hour.
There were other Indonesians who were seeking quarterfinal berths on Thursday, but their games ended after press time.
Adrianti Firdasari was up against India’s rising star Saina Nehwal in women’s singles, while the women’s tandem of Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii were on the court against hometown bets Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei.
The world’s top-ranked men’s team, Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan, played Germany’s Kristof Hopp and Johannes Schoettler. Markis and Hendra defeated Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervanter of Germany 21-17, 18-21, 21-18 in a late match on Wednesday to advance.