HYDERABAD: World No.7 Taufik Hidayat came up with a vintage display to outclass Tommy Sugiarto 21-13, 21-11 in the men’s singles semifinals of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Gold Grand Prix badminton championship here on Saturday.
He will fight it out with former All England champion Muhammed Hafiz Hashim, who downed a fighting Chen Long 21-18, 19-21, 21-15 in the other semifinal.
In today’s match, second-seeded Hidayat gave enough indication that he was moving into top gear.
Hidayat’s down the line smashes were impeccable. A patchy Sugiarto was up against an opponent, who played like someone possessed. The sizeable crowd enjoyed watching Hidayat at his best.
“I have to be in top form tomorrow to win the final,” said Hidayat later. “I cannot afford to go for the high serve in this format. You have to keep the shuttle as low as possible.”