Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon is recently the most difficult pair of men’s doubles to conquer their opponents.
Both of them became rulers of the tournament throughout 2017 and managed to win seven of the nine finals super series or super series premier that followed.
Previously, Kevin / Marcus is also a champion in the All England Open Super Series Premier 2017, India Open Super Series 2017, Malaysia Open Super Series Premier 2017, Japan Open Super Series 2017, China Open Super Series Premier and Hong Kong Open Super Series 2017.
This number one world ranking pair closed the year 2017 sweetly when it won the seventh title this year after winning the BWF Dubai World Super Series Finals 2017.
they won victory over Liu Cheng / Zhang Nan (China), with a score of 21-16, 21-15.
“The victory of this time is really special. It is incredible for us to get a hattrick of the second time this year. We can get the seventh title for a year. I never expected to get seven super-series titles in a year. This is the first time, did not think, this is really a miracle, “said Kevin who with Marcus previously became champion in China. This victory as well as avenge the painful defeat experienced by Kevin / Marcus over Liu / Zheng in the final of Denmark Open Super Series Premier 2017.
At that time, Kevin / Marcus did not show their badminton skill optimally because Marcus got a shoulder injury.
“The key is that we have learned from the last meeting. although at that time, we lost because of my injured shoulder, but lost is lost. So now, we have to win from them, “Marcus said.
Kevin / Marcus trip to the champions podium in this tournament was not absolutely smooth. Starting from the unexpected defeat from Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda (Japan) in Group A, until Marcus’s condition is not one hundred percent fit because his neck muscles are injured since the first day of practice in Dubai.
In final match, Marcus was actually holding pain due to fall in the field corner early in the first game. As a result, his shoulders and knees bleed and should be wrapped in plaster after the medal handover.
But the fighting spirit of them is so awesome that Liu / Zhang can not do their best on the field.
Support from Indonesian supporters at the Hamdan Sport Center also became a shot of passion for Kevin / Marcus.
“Thanks to all Indonesian people who love badminton. never feel bored to support us, “said Marcus with his nice smile.