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Number one Lee loses to Santoso in Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 24 September 2009
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TOKYO — World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia failed to live up to his pre-match promise, losing to Indonesia's Simon Santoso in the Japan Open badminton tournament on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia failed to live up to his pre-match promise, losing to Indonesia's Simon Santoso

The top seed, who has been struggling with his old left knee injury, worked hard in the final game clawing back from 5-12 to 19-19 before finally surrendering 19-21, 21-15, 21-19 in the second round.

Lee, the champion here in 2007, quickly left the court for treatment to his knee without talking to reporters.

For Santoso, it was his biggest win so far, although he has beaten Lee three times when the Malaysian was ranked lower.

"When I took the lead in the final game, I slowed down a little bit, giving him the chance to fight back. But I was patient in the end and able to beat him," said Santoso, ranked 16.

 

Simon Santoso Upsets Badminton's No. 1 Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 24 September 2009
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Any surprise Indonesia’s women can come up with, the men can do just as well. Simon Santoso of Indonesia reacts after his winning point against Lee Chong Wei.

One day after unseeded Adriyanti Firdasari upset women’s singles No. 1 Zhou Mi in the first round of the Japan Open Super Series, Simon Santoso did likewise to men’s singles top seed Lee Chong Wei.

Simon held off the Malaysian No. 1 19-21, 21-15, 21-19 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday, capping another successful day for Indonesian shuttlers in their push to end the country’s Super Series title drought.

 

Number one Zhou fails at Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 24 September 2009
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TOKYO — Women's world number one Zhou Mi of Hong Kong failed to clear the first hurdle when she crashed to Adriyanti Firdasari in the Japan Open badminton tournament on Wednesday.

The Masters Final champion, who played for China previously, suffered a shock 21-17, 18-21, 21-18 defeat in the first round to the Indonesian, ranked 20th in the world.Zhou Mi of Hong Kong reaches for a return against Adriyanti Firdasari of Indonesia

"It was difficult in the first game to get used to the wind (caused by the air conditioner) and its direction. I managed to take the second game, but physically I'm tired in the third game," said Zhou.

 
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Saina suffers first round exit at Japan Open

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Published: 24 September 2009
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Saina Nehwal  made a disappointing return to the court, crashing to a first round defeat in the Japan Open Super Series badminton tournament in Tokyo on Wednesday.

However, P Kashyap kept Indian hopes alive by advancing to the pre-quarter-finals.

The only Indian contender in the men's singles, Kashyap scored a 21-17, 12-21, 21-11 win over Japan's Takuma Ueda in a 51-minute encounter.

World No 34 Kashyap will next take on No 3 Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark in the Thursday's pre-quarter-finals.

Saina, coming back after a month's break, lost 15-21, 23-21, 14-21 to world No 10 Yanjiao Jiang of China in 53 minutes in the women's singles.

The seventh seeded Indian mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju also hit a low after their Chinese Taipei Grand Prix gold win last month and crashed out of the tournament, losing 18-21, 12-21 to te Thai combo of Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam.

Jwala had more disappointment in store as she and Ashwini Ponnappa were beaten 15-21, 21-19, 18-21 by the seventh seeded Japanese combo of Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna in the women's doubles opener that lasted more than one hour.

The men's doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas also bit the dust, going down 12-21, 16-21 to the Korean pair of Sung Hyun Ko and Yi Goo Kwon inside 30 minutes.

 
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Lee beats Boonsak in Japan badminton open (pic)

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Published: 24 September 2009
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TOKYO — World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia brushed aside Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the Japan Open on Wednesday, showing no ill-effects from a knee injury.World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia brushed aside Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the Japan Open on Wednesday

The top seed, who said an old injury to his left knee has recently flared, needed just 34 minutes to score a 21-9, 21-15 win over the in-form China Masters finalist in the first round of the men's singles.

"For sure, he (Boonsak) is a tough opponent. I just tried to keep myself calm and play my game. I tried not to lose a single point because every point is very important," said Lee, the winner here in 2007.

Lee said he was going to focus on winning the Japan Open and then compete in just one more tournament this year, skipping the Hong Kong Open and the China Open to take a rest.

 

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