Pitha Haningtyas Mentari’s tears broke after winning the first match at the Swiss Open 2023 because he remembered his late lover, Syabda Perkasa who died on Sunday (20/3/2023).
In that match, Pitha Haningtyas and Rinov Rivaldy competed against Indonesian mixed doubles Dejan-Gloria to advance to the round of 16.
The sudden death of Syabda Perkasa still seems to leave deep sorrow for Pitha Haningtyas. When getting a point after the return serve from Dejan, Pitha Haningtyas burst into tears.
In the video that has been widely circulated on social media, the badminton player who is familiarly called Tari is seen crying while crouching. As if she knew what Pitha Haningtyas was going through, Gloria immediately approached her and gave Pitha a hug and comforted her while stroking her back.
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This can be seen in the video that was re-shared by the Instagram account @rumpi_gosip.
Rinov Rivaldy as Pitra’s partner also took a similar action, which also strengthened him. This heartbreaking sight even made the two match referees approach Pitha Haningtyas.
Syabda Perkasa himself died with his mother in an accident on the Pemalang Toll Road, Central Java. Both died while on their way to visit their grandmother’s grave.
Before the accident occurred, Syabda Perkasa and his girlfriend were still exchanging news. This can be seen from the screenshot of the last message sent by Pitha Haningtyas to Syabda.
The moment when Pitha Haningtyas broke down in the match also drew sympathy from netizens. Not a few netizens also feel Pitha’s sadness. On the other hand, netizens are proud of Pitha Haningtyas for being able to play well despite being sad.
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“Imagine being prosecuted professionally at an unconditional time,” wrote the account @n************
“Proud of you. You can be this professional to win the match, which we know you’re definitely not okay. Syabda must be proud to see you,” commented @n ********
“Oh God, you are strong, Pitha. Al fatihah for the deceased,” added @d********_**