Besides 4 Koreans badminton shuttler, Korea Open 2016 Super Series will also be the last tournament for Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan. Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan will not retire from badminton in the short time. But, they will break up in the next tournament.
Starting from Denmark Open 2016 Super Series Premiere in October, Hendra/Ahsan will not play as a pair. They will play with their new partner. Hendra Setiawan will pair with Rian Agung Saputra. In the other side, Mohammad Ahsan will pair with Berry Angriawan.
Hendra/Ahsan split is not without particular reason. The bad performance in Olympic Rio 2016 might become the reason why they need to refresh. Then, Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan are not young anymore. They need new young gun to maintain their passion in badminton.
Berry Angriawan/Rian Agung Saputra is not new name in badminton. They are pairing in men double until now. But, they don’t find shining performance since being paired 2 years ago. The best performance of Berry/Rian Agung is becoming champion in Indonesia Master 2015 Grand Prix Gold after defeating Chai Biao/Hong Wei in the final. In 2016, Rian Agung/Berry Angriawan best performance is semifinal Australia Open 2016 Super Series beaten by their partner Angga Pratama/Ricky Karanda.
The new pair Hendra Setiawan/Rian Agung and Mohammad Ahsan/Berry Angriawan will be the new combination of Indonesia badminton weapon. Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan need the new energy from the young gun to increase their down performance this year. In the other side, Berry Angriawan and Rian Agung Saputra need the guide from the senior to increase their skill and mentality on court. The new combination will change the atmosphere of badminton men doubles, that usually only dominated by the senior combination, such as Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, Hendra/Ahsan, Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen, and Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa.
So, good luck Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan with new partner.