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Kiran George bags Indonesia Masters 2023 title

Kiran George claimed the men’s singles title at the Indonesia Masters 2023, Super 100 I tournament on September 10, 2023. The competition took place this Sunday at Medan, North Sumatra’s renowned GOR PBSI Pancing court in Indonesia. George, who is 50th on the global badminton ladder, faced Japan’s Koo Takahashi, who is ranked 82nd worldwide. George took home the win after a high-voltage 56-minute match, which ended with scores of 21-19 and 22-20.

This victory marked George’s second win in the BWF World Tour Super 100, following his win at last year’s Odisha Open where he defeated fellow Indian player Priyanshu Rawat. At the Thailand Open 2023, a BWF World Tour Super 500 event, Kiran ended his campaign in the quarter-finals but had defeated top-ranked opponents like Shi Yuqi and Weng Hong Yang on his way.

How was Kiran throughout the event?

The contest between George and Takahashi in the final was an electrifying one. Both players brought their outstanding games, especially in the first set where the scores were tied at 15-all. But Kiran George clinched six points to take the lead in the competition. The second set started just as tense, although George eventually managed to create a substantial gap, leading 16-11. Takahashi fought hard in the final moments to even the score, but the Indian shuttler got two back-to-back points to secure his first Super 100 title of the 2023 season.

Just a day before, Kiran George showed a brilliant performance by defeating Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, the BWF World Championships bronze medalist in 2014, in the semifinals. This match which lasted 51 minutes took George into his first final appearance of the year. He eventually prevailed in the match with scores of 23-21, 16-21, and 21-8.

How did the other Indian athletes perform?

However, the competition was not a great one for other Indian contenders. In the women’s doubles, Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa, who were seeded seventh, couldn’t make it past the semifinals. They lost to the top-seeded Indonesian pair, Lanny Tria Mayasari and Ribka Sugiarto, in a close match. Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, Mansi Singh ranked 96th globally, was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Chinese Taipei’s 82nd-ranked Chiu Pin-Chian.

In the mixed doubles, India’s Tanisha Crasto and Sai Pratheek faced defeat at the hands of Wu Hsuan-Yi and Yang Chu Yun from Chinese Taipei. They lost in the round of 32 with scores of 21-15 and 21-17. Additionally, Commonwealth Games gold medalists Parupalli Kashyap and Subhankar Dey couldn’t progress past the initial qualifying stages of the competition. Overall, it was a mixed performance from the Indian shuttlers.

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