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Markis-Hendra: "Watch us in Paris"

It took Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan nine months to strike their first title in 2010.

For a pair that has won the world title and the Olympics gold, it was a painful experience. But rather than wallow in self pity, the pair are all fired up to get on the winning trail again.

And Markis believes it will happen sooner rather than later.

“It has been an eventful year for us as we moved out of the national training centre in Indonesia to train on our own,” said Markis. markis-hendra-oly-rotator


“I was also injured and it took some time for me to recover from them (injuries). But fortunately, all that is behind us now. We are focused and we are happy to be playing again, and winning tournaments will soon follow.”


While their play may not be as spectacular as Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng or power packed as Korea’s Lee Yong Dae-Jung Jae Sung, Markis-Hendra solid partnership and uncanny understanding have made them a difficult pair to play against.


The pair keep the shots simple but have an amazing sense of anticipation that enables them to stay two strokes ahead of their opponents.


“I am injury free and we are slowly but surely regaining our form. Winning the Malaysia Open (GP Gold), hopefully, is the first step towards winning more titles in the future," added Markis.


“We will be playing in many competitions with the aim of taking a shot at the world title in Paris. We won in 2007, we would like to win it again.”


In March 2009, a knee injury to Markis forced the pair to skip the All England and Swiss Open but they returned with a bang to win the Asian Championships title in South Korea the following month.


It was supposed to be the ideal build up to the BWF World Championships in Hyderabad in August. However, it was never meant to be as Markis’ knee flared up again and the duo had to withdraw from the world meet.


“Having missed out on the 2009 edition (World Championships), we are eager to make amends and do well in Paris,” added Hendra. 


“With more and more matches, we are confident of regaining our touch and will give our best shot in Paris.” 


The Indonesians still rate Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng as one of the best pairs in the world and believe the Chinese, defending champions, will be the pair to beat in Paris. 


“They are fast and have a tremendous attacking game. Besides Cai-Fu, (Lee) Yong Dae-(Jung) Jae Sung (Korea), Carsten (Mogensen)-Mathias (Boe) and Koo (Kien Keat)-Tan (Boon Heong) (Malaysia) are top pairs as well,” said Markis. 


“The standard is improving and with more and more young pairs coming up the ranks, we have to be on our toes.” AllEng2010-SF-boe-mogensen


Both players, having left the Indonesian national team training set up, are also trying their hands at the mixed doubles with Markis partnering Lita Nurlita while Hendra partners Russia’s Anastasia Russkikh. 


Although Markis did not rule out the possibility of focusing on the mixed doubles, he emphasized that the pair will stay on until the London 2012 Olympics, at least.


“Our contract with our sponsors is until the Olympics and we are grateful to Flypower (sponsors) for their support,” said Markis.


“Besides the Olympics, our target is also to win the All England title as we have never won it, yet. Just like Taufik (Hidayat).”


Taufik, who is also a former world champion and Olympic gold medallist, has always made it clear that his focus is to win the All England title before he retires from the sport. 


“It’s a prestigious title and has a lot of tradition. It will be very meaningful to win the All England,” added Markis.


But come August, their focus will be 100 per cent on the World Championships.

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