JAKARTA – Indonesian men’s singles coach, Irwansyah, is targeting Jonatan Christie and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting as well as the 2023 BWF World Tour Finals (WTF). Even so, he wants his two subordinates not to think too much about the target so they don’t feel burdened so they can perform optimally.
Jonatan and Ginting managed to secure the maximum quota that Indonesia can get in the men’s singles sector at WTF 2023. They were able to qualify because they performed well enough throughout this year so they advanced to the closing tournament of the year along with the other six best players this season.
The six players in question are Kodai Naraoka (Japan), Li Shi Feng (China), Viktor Axelsen (Denmark), Anders Antonsen (Denmark), Shi Yu Qi (China) and Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Thailand). Together with Jonathan and Ginting, they will compete to be the best at WTF 2023.
Irwansyah also revealed that the preparations for the two best men’s singles in Indonesia for WTF 2023, which will take place in Hangzhou, China, on 13-17 December, are going well. He said his current focus was on improving both of their physical strength and speed.
“In terms of physical condition, we are prepared so that we can continue to maintain it, with speed. Moreover, Ginting, we continue to emphasize this to him and he also has been really tired since training yesterday and he really wants to push. So I think the preparation for this WTF is really good, ” said Irwansyah to media crew, including MNC Portal Indonesia, when met at the PBSI National Training Center, Cipayung, East Jakarta, Wednesday (29/11/2023).
Unmitigated, Irwansyah set high targets for Jojo – Jonathan’s nickname – and Ginting. He wants one of them to become the 2023 WTF champion.
“Just look at how strong they (Ginting and Jojo) are. That’s why everyone’s target is to win,” explained the coach from Medan.
Nevertheless, Irwansyah does not want Jonatan and Onik – Ginting’s nickname – to feel burdened by this target. Because according to him, if they can perform freely, then they will show their best performance and bring home satisfying results.
“But the most important thing is how comfortable they are in their minds first, then the results will definitely be good. You can always see how they play, if their minds are too heavy on the target, the results are not optimal. We will see the results later, the important thing is that their preparation is good and their condition is also good. ,” he concluded.
For information, in the 2022 edition, Ginting was runner up after losing to Axelsen in the final with a score of 13-21 and 14-21. Meanwhile, Jonathan lost to his compatriot in the semifinals in a fierce battle over three games which ended with scores of 15-21, 21-11 and 18-21.