Rinov/Pitha lose in the first round and want to continue fighting

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – Indonesian mixed doubles Rinov Rivaldy/Pitha Haningtyas Mentari reveal the reason for their first round defeat Indian Open 2024, Wednesday (01/17/2024).

Rinov/Pitha lost in the first round to the Malaysian pair Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei Indian Open 2024 with a score of 21-14, 11-21, 11-21 in the match played at KDJadhav Indoor Hall, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, New Delhi, India.

“We were able to win the first game, but we couldn't maintain the momentum in the second and third games. “We are stressed by their changing playing patterns,” Pitha said, quoted from PP PBSI’s brief statement.

As far as the play in the first round of the India Open 2024 is concerned, Rinov/Pitha started the first game quite well. After falling behind at the start of the game, the Indonesian pair were able to catch up with Chen/Toh to level at 9-9 before eventually winning the first break 11-9.

The Indonesian mixed doubles team, who are now ranked 18th in the world, were able to maintain this lead until they confidently finished the first game with 21:14.

In the second game, the Malaysians managed to change their pattern of play and overwhelm Rinov/Pitha enough to be able to return the attack well. Chen/Toh's dominance became more and more unstoppable in the second game, forcing the two pairs to face off in the third game to fight for a place in the round of 16.

Malaysia's mixed doubles confidence increased in the final game and Rinov/Pitha couldn't build on it until Chen/Toh finally won.

“We were less resistant to our pattern of play, while they were more resistant to playing like the previous game,” Rinov said.

Even though they lost again in the early rounds of the second tournament this year, Rinov/Pitha said they still wanted to fight to become more solid and perform better and more consistently.

“As long as we have the opportunity, Rinov and I will do our best, no matter the conditions and no matter the means.” “We will try again at the next tournament,” said Pitha.

Meanwhile, five Indonesian representatives took part in the round of 32 of the BWF Super 750 tournament today. In the men's singles, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Jonatan Christie will face Kanta Tsuneyama (Japan) and Ng Ka Long Angus (Hong Kong), respectively.

There is also the men's doubles Bagas Maulana/Muhammad Shohibul Fikri, who will face the Danish representatives Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in the first round.

In the mixed doubles area, Rinov/Pitha as well as Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto/Lisa Ayu Kusumawati will meet Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet (Hong Kong).

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