1. Kento Momota (Japan)
The world’s No. 1 is the defending champion of Blibli Indonesia Open. Competing as the first seeded player for this year’s tournament certainly increased his chance to defend the title and puts him as the most favored player to win the title again. Moreover, Momota is reported to be one of the most consistent Men’s Singles players in 2019 where he managed to have claimed four titles in the past few months.
From the 32 matches that Momota has played this year, he only recorded four losses. Other players shall be aware of his recent performance and shall not underestimate his progress. Nonetheless, the All England 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000 should also be aware of the two Indonesian Men’s Singles players, Jonatan Christie and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.
The last time Momota faced Jonatan Christie during Malaysia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 750 in April, Momota was beaten through a two-set match of 20-22 and 15-21. On the other hand, Anthony has always been in one of Momota’s tough opponents as Anthony always put a good fight against him and every time the two face each other the match intensity are always high. The match between these two players is one of the most anticipated matches by all Badminton lovers.
2. Jonatan Christie (Indonesia)
Although his performance had decreased slightly after winning the gold medal during the Asian Games 2018, Jonathan Christie has started to rise up again and show his quality as one of the best Indonesia’s Men’s Singles players. Jonatan revived his confidence after winning Australia open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 300 earlier in June. On that occasion, Jonatan grabbed the title after beating his compatriot, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting through a three-set match of 21-17, 13-21 and 21-14.
Jonatan hopes that he can keep his confidence momentum when playing in Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000. Moreover, Jonathan has a sweet memory of playing in front of the public of Istora Senayan, Jakarta, which is when he won the gold medal in the same venue during Asian Games 2019.
3. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia)
Similar to Jonatan Christie, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting also has a sweet memory of playing in front of thousands of supporter in Istora Senayan, Jakarta, that is when he won the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2019 BWF World Tour Super 500. Although he is yet to grab any titles, but at least Anthony have managed to be the runner-up in two recent tournaments during Singapore Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 500 and Australian Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 300.
Ending two competitions as a runner-up has triggered Anthony’s confidence. Listed as the seventh seeded player in Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000, Anthony has the ambition to show his best quality when playing in front of the home fans. If he managed to play consistently, it is possible for Anthony to make it to the final round of the competition.
4. Shi Yuqi (China)
Shi Yuqi is said to be the re-generation of the past golden Chinese Men’s Singles era of Lin Dan and Chen Long. His recent performance has been increasing after being the title decider for China during the final match of Sudirman Cup 2019 where China Played Japan. On that occasion, Yuqi beat Kento Momota, the World’s No.1 Men’s Singles player by 15-21, 21-5 and 21-11.
On the other hand, Yuqi is also said to be one of the players that may claim one of the titles of Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000. Moreover, the player who was born in the 28 th of February 1996 is the second seeded player of the tournament.
However, the Chinese Men’s Singles team has a bad record every time they play in Indonesia Open. As a proof, the last time the Chinese Men’s Singles player won Indonesia Open happened 30 years ago when Xiong Gua Bao won the title in 1989. Thus, will Shi Yuqi break this curse and won it for China?
5. Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)
Viktor Axelsen is the only European player to be ranked in the World’s top 10 Men’s Singles player list. His title debut happened when he won the Junior World Championship 10 years ago. In the senior level, Axelsen also managed to be consistent as he become the world champion in 2017 and won the bronze medal during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Recently, Axelsen has been faced with health issues. He suffers an issue with this respiratory system where he suffers a Grass Pollen Allergy. This resulted in a two-week hiatus for him to recover before he starts preparing for Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000.
Nonetheless, Axelsen’s presence in Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000 will increase Men’s Singles event competition intensity. Axelsen is also one of the host’s biggest threats.
6. Chou Tien Chen (Taiwan)
Listed as the fourth seeded player for Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000, Chou Tien Chen is certainly be one of the Men’s Singles player that is predicted to at least make it to the semifinal. Other than his recent positive performance throughout 2019, Chou is also familiar with Istora’s famous ambience.
The Taiwanese Men’s Singles Player also has a sweet memory in Istora Senayan, Jakarta when he won the silver medal during Asian Games 2018. Can Chou conquer Istora?
7. Anders Antonsen (Denmark)
Anders Antonsen is one of the most exciting Men’s Singles players to be anticipated in Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000. This is because Antonsen managed to shock the supporters in Istora during the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2019 BWF World Tour Super 500, last January after beating the World’s No. 1 from Japan, Kento Momota, through a rubber game of 21-16, 14-21 and 2116.
Will Antonsen shock the supporters yet again in Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000?
Men’s Singles champion list during the last 10 Indonesia Open:
- 2009 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)
- 2010 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)
- 2011 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)
- 2012 Simon Santoso (Indonesia)
- 2013 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)
- 2014 Jan O Jorgensen (Denmark)
- 2015 Kento Momota (Japan)
- 2016 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)
- 2017 Kidambi Srikanth (India)
- 2018 Kento Momota (Jepang)