Rahayu said: “In the first game, we felt pressure but kept up our communication on court, and with our coach too. He kept telling us there was no need to feel pressure, reminding us who we were. Then we could play freely to win.”
Ramadhanti added how much Rahayu, whose previous partner Greysia Polii retired recently, had helped their on-court chemistry pre-match.
“Apriyani spoke to me a lot about how to relax so I can play more openly.”
“This does feel new although I’ve played the Chinese pair. We will need to adapt our style,” said Rahayu.
“We really enjoyed that,” beamed Wang.
“We held our defence as long as possible. We got into the rhythm and feel of the match and could control the rallies,” added Liang when asked about their plan to defeat the world No.1s.
“I always get good results here,” smiled Intanon post-match. “In my necklace I keep the bones of my mother (who died last year) and while I don’t believe it always brings me luck, even if it’s 0.01 per cent – I will wear it for my mother. I need to work on my weaknesses for the next round and try to enjoy the final.”
♦ Viktor Axelsen denied Anthony Sinisuka Ginting a shot at a third Indonesia Masters title as he defeated the local hero 21-15 21-15. The Olympic champion next faces Chou Tien Chen in what will be their 17th encounter.