Indonesia's Sony challenges Malaysia's Lee in semifinal of Indonesia Open

20:54, June 25, 2010      

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2010 Singapore Open champion Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro, will challenge world's no. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia after he secured a berth in semifinal round on Friday.

Sony, seeded No. 7, easily trashed Malaysia's left-handed shuttler Choon Hann Wong in two straight games ended in 21-11 and 21-17.

The Malaysian shuttler committed many mistakes in netting play forced by Sony that made the Indonesian player garnered many points and ended the match in half an hour.

Sony stopped Lee Chong Wei from advancing to quarter final of the recent Singapore Open tournament held prior to Indonesia Open. Sony seized the championship of the tournament after trashed Thailand shuttler Bonsak Ponsana seeded No. 4 in the final match.

The victory of the Indonesian senior shuttler was cheered by Indonesian supporters who packed almost all 8,500 seats available in the host country's landmark Istora Senayan badminton stadium.

In the other MS quarter final match, Vietnamese shuttler Nguyen Tien Minh qualified for a semi final berth after stopping Japanese Sho Sasaki. The No. 3 shuttler will vie Taufik Hidayat or Simon Santoso from Indonesia whose match is progressing at the moment.

Meanwhile Womens' Single (WS) group, no. 1 Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal won her quarter final match and secured a berth in semis after trashed Ella Diehl, No. 8 player from Russia. She dumped the Russian shuttler in tough games ended almost an hour with scores of 17-21, 21-11, 21-16.

"I was a bit slow in the first game that made me loose it. But later on I managed to refit my performance that made me felt confidence and focus to the game," Saina told a press conference after her victory.

Nehwal will vie Japanese no. 4 shuttler Eriko Hirose who qualified to semis after dumping Jie Yao from the Netherlands in the previous match.

"I lost my match against Hiroshe in my latest meeting with her. Let's see what will happen tomorrow," Saina referred to her match record with the world's No. 4 Japanese shuttler.

The other WS semi final will put Japanese shuttler Sayaka Sato and Indonesian rookie contender Ana Rovita. Sayaka secured her semi final berth after dumped Hong Kong shuttler Pui Yin Yip who is seeded No. 7.

Meanwhile Ana Rovita stopped her compatriot Maria Kristin Yulianti to seize the semi final berth.

Source: Xinhua


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