Indonesian shuttler Jonatan Christie, last year's Asian Games champion, beats Danish Rasmus Gemke in straight sets on the first day of the Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 at Istora Senayan in Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Packed to the Rafters: First Day of Indonesia Open 2019

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

JULY 17, 2019

The Blibli Indonesia Open 2019, one of the richest badminton tournaments in the world, kicked off at the Istora Senayan indoor stadium in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. 

Indonesia dominated the first day of the tournament with last year's men's doubles winners Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon going through to the second round by defeating Japanese pair Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko in rubber sets, 20-22, 21-16, 21-14.

Indonesia's favorite women's doubles pair, Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu, also went through by defeating another Japanese pair, Ayako Sakuramoto and Yukiko Takahata, in straight sets, 21-15, 21-16. 

The home-grown singles players also flourished, with last year's Asian Games men's singles champion Jonatan Christie and women's singles player Mariska Tunjung also winning easily. 

A total of 236 of the world's best players from 20 countries will compete for the $1.25 million prize money. 

The Indonesia Open is now part of the Super Series Premier of the BWF World Tour. It offers the same prize money as the China Open and All England. 

Jakarta Globe's photographer Yudha Baskoro has been sponsored by Canon Datascrip Indonesia to capture Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 part of the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000.  All photos in this story were taken using Canon's profesional camera, Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and Canon EF 400 mm f/5.6L USM lens. 

Badminton is one of the most popular sports in the country. Indonesia Open is an important cultural phenomenon and an event during which excitement runs incredibly high (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Badminton is one of the most popular sports in Indonesia. The 7,000-capacity Istora Senayan is packed to the rafters on the first day. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting was able to catch up to Jonatan into the second round, after defeating Chinese Lu Guangzu. Anthony must work harder to get ahead. Because, he had to fight for three games first, until finally ensuring his victory with a score of 20-22, 23-21, 21-18 in 78 minutes.
Indonesia's Anthony Ginting defeated China's Lu Guangzu in tough rubber sets in the first round. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Former Indonesian shuttler Susi Susanti the olympic gold medalist in Barcelona 1992 and her husband Alan Budikusuma watching 2019 Indonesia Open at Istora Senayan Stadium on Tuesday (16/07) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Badminton legends Susi Susanti and her husband Alan Budikusuma, who won the men's and women's singles gold in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, watch from the sideline. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon in action on Tuesday (16/07) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Last year's men's doubles winners, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, better known as 'The Minions,' in action on the first day. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Minion defeat Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko with 20-22, 21-16, and 21-14 (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Minions on their way to defeating Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko from Japan in rubber sets. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu celebrate their victory afte defeat Japanese Ayako Sakuramoto and Yukiko Takahata with  21-15, 21-16. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu celebrate their victory against Japanese pair Ayako Sakuramoto and Yukiko Takahata. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesian
Fans try to touch The Minions. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesian fans wearing red shirt and paints her cheeck with Indonesian flag during 2019 Indonesia Open at Istora Senayan Stadium on Tuesday (16/07) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An Indonesian fan has her cheek painted with the Indonesian flag. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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