JAKARTA - Anthony Sinisuka Ginting sealed a ticket for the Thailand Open quarter-final after defeating Thailand's representative Kunvalut Vitidsarn in the second round which took place on Field 1, Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thursday.
Anthony won 21-16, 21-19 in a match that lasted 42 minutes.
Anthony started the match nicely through the dominance of his attacks and smashes. The advantage of three points without reply at the beginning of the first game was successfully maintained until the first interval ended with a score of 11-7.
The men's singles ranked sixth in the world managed to maintain its lead even though Vitidsarn kept trying to catch up.
Luckily, Anthony, who came as the fifth seed, was able to maintain his consistency. Several times only two points adrift of his opponent, Anthony managed to draw away the margin until the first game closed with a score of 21-16.
Entering the second game, Anthony began to lose his focus. After being matched 11-11, 29th-placed Kunvalut Vitidsarn then took over the lead by scoring six consecutive points and leaving Anthony 12-16 behind.
However, after that, Anthony started to stabilize again. He slowly gained momentum to return to winning ways by leveling at 18-18.
The positive trend continued, and Anthony immediately stepped on the gas. The ball that the opponent failed to return closed the second game for Anthony's victory with a score of 21-19.
In the quarter-finals, Anthony will meet either the host representative Khosit Phetpradab or the Danish player Rasmus Gemke.
Due to this result, Anthony followed the steps of Indonesian men's doubles Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan who had already qualified for the quarter-finals after defeating the Indian pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty with a score of 21-19, 21-17.
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