(Blibli Indonesia Open) Rionny: Gregoria Shall Not Let Her Guard Off

Gregoria Mariska Tunjung (Indonesia) Returning shots. (Foto: PBSI)
Gregoria Mariska Tunjung (Indonesia) Returning shots. (Foto: PBSI)
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Jakarta | Rionny Mainaky, the head coach for Women’s Singles event of PBSI demanded Gregoria Mariska Tunjung and all the players to stay alert and shall not let their guard off when playing against the opponents during Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000 that will be held in Istora Senayan, Jakarta from 16 to 21 July 2019.

Rionny will accompany four of his students on the tournament that will reward the winner to the total prize of USD 1.250.000 namely, Gregoria, Fitriani, Ruselli Hartawan and Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky. Despite of the unfortunate drawing result that he claimed will be tough for Indonesia’s Women’s Singles players, Rionny believes that Gregoria and the other players shall not be scared of this.

“The drawing result is tough, but it motivates us. I have spoken to the players; the toughest challenge has to be faced by Fitriani. For Gregoria, there is a chance for her. But this doesn’t mean that we should be afraid. We will learn from their past performances,” said Rionny Mainaky quoting from Detik.com.

In contrast, especially for Gregioria, Rionny believes that the PB Mutiara Cardinal Bandung alumnus has the biggest chance among all the other players to make it to the next round. On the opening match, Gregoria will face the Thai player, Pornpawee Chocuwong. To date, Gregoria stands on the World’S No. 13 rank, while Chochuwong stands 6 ranks lower than the Indonesian player.

“To Gloria, she shall not let her guard off; she has to maintain her spirit. This is because if we expect too much, I’m afraid that what happened during Australian Open can happen again. That’s why even there is a 60:40 chance for her to win the match, she shall not let her guard off. But I hope that doesn’t just apply to her. I also hope that the other players will not let their guard off, hence expect the same from all the players,” He said.

“Hopefully we can get the best result from all these preparations. I have coordinated with the coaching team, we have to fix all the weaknesses and have to fight better during the game,” he closed his statement with full of hope.

On the other hand, during the first round of Blibli Indonesia Open 2019 BWF World Tour Super 1000, Fitriani will face the second seeded player from China, Chen Yu Fei. Meanwhile, Ruselli will see the Thai best player, Ratchanok Intanon.