Inspired by Fajar/Rian’s Fighting Spirit, Bagas/Fikri’s Key to Success Advances to the Quarter Finals of the All England 2023

Inspired by Fajar/Rian's Fighting Spirit, Bagas/Fikri's Key to Success Advances to the Quarter Finals of the All England 2023 – The men’s doubles Bagas Maulana/Muhammad Shohibul Fikri admitted to imitating Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto’s unyielding pattern of play in order to advance to the quarter-finals of the All England 2023, Thursday (16/3/2023).

The defending champion pair almost lost in the second game, but after remembering their senior actions, Bagas/Fikri came back to catch up to the Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi pair.

“We were inspired by Fajar (Alfian) and Rian (Ardianto) in yesterday’s match. As long as we don’t give up, we can do it,” Fikri said in the official PP PBSI information in Jakarta.

After struggling in 44 minutes, Bagas/Fikri succeeded in defeating the Malaysian representatives in two straight games 21-18, 21-18.

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Even though they have only met Ong/Teo twice, Bagas/Fikri admit that they already know their opponents’ game patterns by heart. Therefore they are not too constrained to get through the last 16 of the BWF Super 1000 tournament in Birmingham, England.

The communication factor between Bagas and Fikri also influenced their victory today. Do not forget to also trust each other is also the key to excellence.

“We have often met Ong/Teo, we both know each other’s strengths. On the field, the game is not too different from previous meetings,” said Bagas.

In the first game, Bagas/Fikri were left behind with quite a distance in points, namely 1-5 to 7-11. After trying to be more patient, the Indonesian duo began to chase armed with four consecutive points won towards the end of the game.

Bagas/Fikri again showed a winning mentality in the second game, through their ability to turn things around after falling behind Ong/Teo.

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Since the beginning of the game, Bagas/Fikri lost the initiative to Ong/Teo. This situation forced Bagas/Fikri to be under pressure and unable to develop a counterattack.

Bagas/Fikri were left behind 2-7, 6-12, and 12-16. However, when defeat was in sight at 15-18, Bagas/Fikri took the lead with six consecutive points and finished the game with a score of 21-18.

“Earlier we felt that at the final points, the opponent’s focus was lost. We, who were lagging behind from the start, tried to catch up and succeeded. After the points were level, they might be nervous and then we could get more points,” Fikri said.

Thanks to that fighting spirit, Bagas/Fikri, who were originally left far behind in the second game, turned against them. Ong/Teo’s points, which are still far from the points game, also motivated Bagas/Fikri to put up a fight.

“The opponent is also still far from 21 points, so rather than let us go and it’s not certain that in the third game we can play well, so we try to catch up by changing the pattern of play. Also, keep up the enthusiasm,” concluded Fikri as published by ANTARA.


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