It’s been five years - but the Daddies are back on top at the YONEX All England Open!
Some considered Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan to be real outsiders here at badminton’s greatest show at the outset, but the 2014 winners sensationally grabbed their second title with a win over Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik.
The young Malaysian duo have been on an incredible All England journey themselves to make it to their first final, but couldn’t match the experienced Setiawan, 34, and Ahsan, 31.
With all their youthful energy Chia and Soh were able to dominate the first set but were then overtaken by their title rivals, the final score at 11-21 21-14 21-12.
After the victory, Ahsan commented: “Actually they are a very strong opponent but we just wanted to focus and we didn’t want to give up, even after we lost the first set.
“We’re very happy because this is a prestigious match, we’re just very happy!
“I want to say thanks for all the Indonesian support, they’ve been amazing. Thanks to all who’ve supported us here in the arena and back in Indonesia as well.”
Ahsan and Setiawan of course memorably won their first title here in 2014 against Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa, and after a second round exit last year have re-found their form.
Twice world champions, the Daddies reached three international finals and re-entered the world top 10 in November, backing up that form this week at badminton’s oldest tournament.
Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov, Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel and Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda were all dispatched before that final hurdle.
The Indonesian pairing may have lost the first set against Chia and Soh but that only seemed to spur them on, winning five consecutive points at the start of the second and never letting the Malaysian pair back in front from there.
Setiawan also echoed his partners comments thanking what’s been incredible Indonesian support at Arena Birmingham this week: “We’re very glad that we can win the All England again after five years.
“We say thank you for all the supporters here and all the supporters in Indonesia. They gave us very loud support for us and they prayed for us, all we can say is just thank you to them.”