Group 1D: Denmark fall down eventually
In mixed doubles, Debby Susanto / Praveen Jordan of Indonesia were too inspired to handle for the Danes Christinna Pedersen / Joachim Fischer Nielsen, 21-12, 21-13. It wasn't for want of effort, Fischer Nielsen was simply caught in a jam by shuttles his opponents kept hitting at his body. Susanto served and intercepted net play exceptionally to set up those situations.
The full house was sent into a frenzy when one game down in the men's singles Anthony Ginting clawed back to win it 13-21, 21-17, 21-14. The hallmark of the amazing comeback was anticipating what appeared to be the Dane's sure kills at the net and the composed racquet skills to keep the rally going.
In men's doubles, the world #1 Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon lost to the world #2 Mathias Boe / Carsten Mogensen, 16-21, 24-22, 23-21. The Indonesian's second consecutive defeat to the pair that ended their three SuperSeries winning streak may well have been averted as it their flamboyant choice of shots was a double edge sword that caused them to lead as well as fail to cross the finish line because gamesmanship was involved.
Fitriani repaid Denmark by dealing a consecutive three games defeat to Mia Blichfeldt 22-24, 21-15, 21-14. Blichfeldt was on the receiving end of more than a few smashes she had to dive for.
Former world #2 Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu were tossed together to deal a pair of Rio Olympic silver medallists. Although this never before seen Indonesian combination possessed a natural chemistry, the Danes Christinna Pedersen / Kamilla Rytter Juhl felt out the situation quickly. In the first game Rahayu was being forced deep in court to elicit loose exploitable defence.
Indonesia had solved this problem just before conceding the first game score so they continued this momentum till the end of the second game. Rahayu made a concerted effort to defend deep henceforth if she wasn't able to hit downwards which now made the valuable player.
Polii's easy run of errors in tandem with Rytter Juhl's forced power play gave Denmark a five points buffer from which Indonesia could not ultimately recover, 18-21, 21-13, 13-21.