Team Indonesia had to go the extra mile to book its semifinal spot in the 2019 Sudirman Cup mixed team tournament, as survived the Taiwan scare to eventually own a 3-2 victory in the Friday’s quarterfinals.
In Saturday’s semis, Indonesia will have to brave Japan, which on paper holds a better chance of reaching the finals for having shuttlers in the top-three world rankings in all categories. Japan thrashed Malaysia 3-0 in the quarters.
Despite looking at a tough opponent, as Japan’s players are also know for good endurance, Indonesian team manager Susy Susanti motivated her players to fight them without fear.
“We really want [to win], so we have told our shuttlers to fight all the way. Stay focused to win point by point. They should not be bothered by what [their odds look like] on paper. Anything can happen on the court. A fighting spirit is all we need…