Indonesia's Thomas Cup hope shaded as Sony retires

20:45, May 10, 2010      

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Indonesia's hope for the Thomas Cup title was stunned by Sony Dwi Kuncoro's retirement in his first appearance here Monday due to a back injury.

Sony, the second seeded single for the Indonesian team, played only 32 minutes on court before retiring injured in his match against India's Arvind Bhatt.

The Indonesian team manager Yakob Rusdianto said Sony had injured his back and the exact condition was to be checked later.

"This is unfortunate. We don't know how bad the injury is. We will only know the extent of the injury later tonight," Rusdianto told a news conference. [ "There's still some way to go in the tournament, so we keeping our fingers crossed that Sony's injury is not serious. Hopefully he will be fit to play in the quarterfinal of the semifinal if we make it," he added.

According to Rusdianto, Simon Santoso, who played as the third single against India, would be a replacement should Sony be ruled out of the tournament.

Sony, 11th ranked in the world, won the first set 21-19 and trailed Bhatt 15-9 when he withdrew.

The Indonesian team, who won 13 times out of 25 editions of the Thomas Cup men's team competition, went on to defeat India 4-1 in their second group match to secure a top 4 seeded position in the quarterfinals.



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