2016 Day 3 - Round of 16 - Evening Session - Thrills and spills served twice

Two men's doubles matches entertained the crowd, both containing Indonesian pairs.

More Reckless

The wildly creative shotmaking of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and especially his partner Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo wasn't catching the Anders Rasmussen / Kim Astrup totally off guard so even though the former took the first game, 21-17, there wasn't a sinking feeling on the Danes side.

It was two young pairs and therefore pretty high octane action all round. The Danes continued reinforcing their solid proposition to win the second game, also 21-17.

Once all four were used to each other's ploys, it was important to minimise the mistakes. Gideon/Sanjaya had most to gain from doing this and it helped them secure their second close win over these opponents by securing the third game, 21-18.

More Assured

Then came the match that sent the stadium home on a high. Malaysia's Tan Boon Heong / Koo Kien Keat and current World Champions Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia came up against one another in match showcasing a mountain of experience which you could see in when they individually chose to change gears.

Paradoxically, the Malaysian pair can work separately while together on court and they don't appear to lose confidence in each other or their side. 

There was added entertainment value for badminton geeks when both famed front court players Koo and Setiawan were in their favourite positions and trading net shots - a little gamesmanship was going on.

Almost identical scores to the earlier doubles eventuated. This time the show pair but perhaps not the overall better pair went ahead. At the anything happen closing stages of the deciding game, 17-17 and 19-19, the Malaysians stepped their pedals on the gas and stopped thinking too much to cross the finishing line 17-21, 21-17, 21-19.