Greysia and Apriyani stay positive despite losing group opener in BWF Finals

After losing to first seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan on the first day of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals, Indonesian pair Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu tried not to think too much about Wednesday’s result in the women’s doubles event as they still need to face other strong opponents in remaining matches.

Greysia and Apriyani admitted they failed at maintaining their consistency throughout the match, which led to a 21-11, 21-16 loss.

In the next Group A match, world number four Greysia and Apriyani will face China’s Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan. The meeting will see both pairs doing their best to improve their 2-2 head-to-head record.

The group also comprises Du Yue and LI Yunhui of China.

“We need to earn more and more points because we’re currently playing a round robin; it doesn’t matter how we will do it,” Greysia said in a statement on Wednesday.

Sharing the same optimism, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan said they would shake off their loss against Japan’s Yuta Watanabe and Hiroyuki Endo in Wednesday’s opener and focus on Thursday’s match against Taiwan’s Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng.


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