Indonesia Masters: Immortality Unlocked

Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong are now the most successful players in Indonesia Masters history.

The top seeds won their fifth title at the tournament on Sundday, with aplomb, beating unseeded Japanese Hiroki Midorikawa/Natsu Saito 21-15 21-16 in just 31 minutes.

Zheng was at loss for words post-match when realisation hit about the pair’s achievement.

“I’m speechless. I know we’ve won a lot here but I didn’t know we are now the most successful. We are so happy, this is such a meaningful place for us,” said the 26-year-old, who debuted in the competition in 2013 with He Jiaxin.

“We’ve always had good results at the Istora. The fans never fail to support us and I think they bring us luck. We enjoy playing in this arena so much. The fans are one of the most important reasons we want to keep coming back, although we were sick last week.”

Zheng and Huang became unwell while playing at the Malaysia Open two weeks ago and opted to skip India Open to regain health.

“We are still recovering,” revealed Huang after securing the pair’s first crown of the season. “We are probably at about 80 per cent but we gave every per cent to win today.”

Making records at the tournament is not unusual for Zheng and Huang.

Previously tied on four titles with local legends Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, the world No.1s became the first mixed pair to top the podium three consecutive times in 2020.

They are also the only ones to win all their titles as a pair – Gideon and Sukamuljo triumphed once with different partners before going on a run together from 2019-2020.

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“I’m so happy to be standing here in front of all the supporters at Istora. Three months ago I got injured and couldn’t even do anything. Now my performance is getting better every day. I’m very proud of myself.” – Women’s singles runner-up Nozomi Okuhara

“I was so scared of losing the third game, then suddenly I started to crawl back into it. Getting the last point was such a big relief. I was in panic mode to be honest and that wasn’t good. I started to attack recklessly and stopped following my gameplan. I need to learn from that.” – Anders Antonsen

“The main thing is just to have confidence in myself, because I’ve shown this week I have that level to compete with the top players. I should just try and ride on that confidence going into future tournaments. Definitely the most successful tournament of my career.” – Brian Yang on what the week taught him

Contrasting emotions for Yang and Antonsen.

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