BIRMINGHAM, England — Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat had to survive a slow start and a controversial decision before making a winning start to his bid to win the 100th All-England Open.
Taufik was surprisingly outplayed early on, and became annoyed by a line call when he seemed on the way to victory in the final game, before surviving 17-21, 21-11, 21-12 against Hu Yun, the world number 28 from Korea.
The fourth-seeded Indonesian still believes he can to win the world's oldest title, even though it is ten years since he reached the second of his two All-England finals.
Well into his 30th year, Taufik still looked fast and dangerous once he gained his momentum.
"I'm happy but I think that it is a bit too early to be able to say how I'm playing," Taufik said.
"I made too many mistakes in the first set."