Mutiara Ayu Puspitasari Champion in Women’s Singles Indonesia International Series 2022. Photo: PB Djarum
Competing at the Among Raga Sports Center, Yogyakarta, Sunday (25/9/2022) afternoon WIB, Stephanie started the match badly. He was easily killed by Pearl’s attack so he was 4-7 behind.
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However, the 19-year-old quickly found his best touch and equalized at 7-7. Then, he turned two points ahead at the interval of the first game with a score of 11-9.
After the break, Mutiara regained control of the game and made Stephanie stuck. As a result, he returned to lead with a three-point advantage at 14-11.
However, Stephanie changed her attack pattern and played a lot of drop shot crosses. That strategy also managed to make him rise from adversity to turn ahead 16-15 and then secure the first game with a 21-15 victory.
In the second game, Stephanie again started poorly. Mutiara used this condition well to gain a lot of points and lead with a score of 6-2.
Then, pressing, Mutiara really kept Stephanie from moving. Point by point he achieved easily to lead 11-6 in the second game interval.
After the break, Stephanie made mistakes again and again. This made Mutiara further away from him with a 16-7 advantage.
Without difficulty, Mutiara also managed to close the second game with a convincing score of 21-10. As a result, the winner of the match was determined via a rubber game.
The match was fierce at the beginning of the deciding game. However, Stephanie was able to play more effectively with her sharp ball attacks to lead 11-6 at the interval.
Unfortunately, once moved, Stephanie seemed to lose her focus. Meanwhile, Mutiara played brilliantly with her cross smashes which repeatedly made Stephanie run down.
Mutiara also managed to cut the gap to 13-14 and equalized at 15-15. In fact, Mutiara turned ahead 19-18 even though she was back behind 15-18. In the end, Mutiara managed to lock her victory in the third game with a score of 22-20.