Tennis sports contribute 10th gold to Indonesia in 2018 Asian Games. This time it was donated through the Indonesian mixed doubles game, Christopher Benjamin Rungkat and Aldila Sutijadi. Christoper Rungkat and Aldila Sutijadi managed to defeat Luksika Kumkhum / Sonchat Ratiwatana (Thailand) in the final which took place at the Tennis Court, Jakabaring Sports City (JSC) on Saturday (08/25/2018), with a score of 6-4, 5-7, 10-7. At the beginning of the first set, Christoper Rungkat / Aldila Sutijadi succeeded in winning the score over Luksika Kumkhum / Sonchat Ratiwatana with a score of 3-1.
Until the first set ended, Christopher Rungkat / Aldila Sutijadi managed to win 6-4 over the Thai pair. In the second set, the Indonesian pair returned to winning first with a score of 1-0. However, the pair of Kumkhum / Ratiwatana overcomes the disadvantages and even excels with a score of 2-3.
The match was halted because of the Thai player, Luksika Kumkhum suffered an injury due to the reflection of a tennis ball that hit his eyes. The match resumed after Kumkhum was handled by the medical team. The Indonesian pair had equalized to 3-3. However, the second set ended with a score of 5-7 for the superiority of the Kumkhum / Ratiwatana pair.
The Indonesian pair went ahead with a score of 4-1 in the third set. Luksika Kumkhum / Sonchat Ratiwatana had narrowed the distance behind to 5-3.
However, until the third set ends, Christoper Rungkat / Aldila Sutijadi manages to excel with a score of 10-7. For the mixed doubles bronze medal, the Kazakhstan, Aleksandr Nedovyesov / Anna Danilina, and Japanese pair Kaito Uesugi / Erina Hayashi are owned.
From the beginning, the mixed doubles tennis pairing was indeed considered to have a great opportunity to win a medal for Indonesia. Moreover, both Christopher / Aldila and Sonchat / Lives have never met at all before making the game more interesting. This result exceeds the target imposed by the government through Kemenpora on tennis. The reason is, Kemenpora did not ask for a gold medal from tennis at the 2018 Asian Games.
With Christo / Dila gold medal, Indonesia’s position remained in fifth place with 10 gold, 12 silver, and 16 bronze. China’s first rank is solid with 71 gold, 49 silver, and 29 bronze. Followed by Japan with 34 gold, South Korea 24 gold, and Iran 14 gold.