Indonesia’s defending World No. 1 men’s doubles Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon retain their the Fuzhou China Open title after a dominating performance against Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, the fourth-seeds from Japan.
Gideon-Sukamuljo are the first men’s doubles pair to win the same title four consecutive times in the history of Super Series and now World Tour events.
Down 5-8 in the second game, Sukamuljo/Gideon won 12 points in a row in the second game! Coming from 5-8 down to win 21-9.
“In the second game, Kevin won a lot of the rallies and they played in a hurry too, so they immediately lost their focus,” said Gideon.
“We are happy with our performance; we feel we could enjoy the game and perform quite well. At the beginning of the year, we felt that we were not on track, but we worked on our problems and overcame them. We want to keep learning and improving. We are certainly happy to win this tournament four times, it’s extraordinary,” said Sukamuljo. “We keep trying to maintain our motivation and do not want to be easily satisfied.”
We have always been fans of the play styles of both pairs, but we were surprised at the margin of victory as the Japanese pair are also known to be able to keep aggressive pace in games.