Suara.com – Mixed doubles Adnan Maulana/Nita Violina Marwah will play without a burden to face first seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the second round of the Thailand Open 2023 in Bangkok, Thursday (1/6/2023).
The 48th ranked pair will face an opponent who is the co-host as well as it will be the first meeting between the two pairs in the World Badminton Federation (BWF) tournament.
“Tomorrow we will likely face the first seed Dechapol (Puavaranukroh)/Sapsiree (Taerattanachai), so we want to play loose, without burden and show our best,” Adnan said via PP PBSI’s official message in Jakarta, Wednesday.
Adnan/Nita appeared at the BWF Super 500 event as qualifying participants. In the qualifying phase, Adnan/Nita played two matches, namely in the round of 16 and quarter-finals.
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In the round of 16 qualifying, Adnan/Nita became the first seeds and defeated Hoo Pang Ron/Teoh Mei Xing from Malaysia. Then in the quarter-finals, the Indonesian duo got rid of Kim Young Hyuk/Lee Yu Lim from South Korea.
After bagging tickets to the main draw, Adnan/Nita had the opportunity to face Gregory Mairs/Jenny Moore from England. In the first round match on Wednesday, Adnan/Nita scored a 21-18, 21-11 advantage.
“Thank God, today we still won. At the start of the first game, I was a bit disturbed by the condition of my feet not being fit. It felt like I was done in the qualifying final yesterday. Luckily, in the rest of the match, the discomfort disappeared,” Adnan said.
Meanwhile, Nita also knows the condition of her partner so she plays as much as possible and takes as many shuttlecocks as possible to make up for Adnan’s lack of movement.
“I know Adnan’s condition, so I can take the ball as much as possible, I’ll try to take it. At least it can reduce the burden on partners too and try not to die alone too much. Also, the return of the ball must be good so that the opponent gives a good ball,” said Nita. (BETWEEN)
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