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Sony Dwi Kuncoro outshines compatriot Taufik Hidayat in the Indonesia Open (pic)

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Published: 14 June 2012
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Thailand Open champion, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, continued his winning streak by defeating fellow Indonesian and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Taufik Hidayat, in straight sets in the second round of the 2012 Djarum Indonesian Open in Jakarta on Thursday.

Playing before hundreds of Indonesian supporters at the Istora Indoor Stadium in the Senayan Sports Complex, the two crowd favorites started their match cautiously, chasing each other’s points at 6-6 to 7-7, reported.Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia returns a shot to Brice Leverdez of France during their men’s singles qualifier match at the Djarum Indonesia Open on Tuesday.

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Indonesia Open: Kashyap stuns World No.3, Saina wins too

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Published: 14 June 2012
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Jakarta, June 14  India's Parupalli Kashyap entered his maiden quarterfinals in a Super Series Premier event stunning top seed Chen Long of China in the Indonesia Open badminton tournament here Thursday. His compatriot Saina Nehwal also overcame a spirited challenge from Indonesian Aprilla Yuswandari to make the last eight stage in the women's singles.

Kashyap, ranked 26th, outplayed Chen 21-17, 21-14 in 45 minutes of sensational badminton for his first win over the World No.3.

Saina expectedly made the last eight stage beating Yuswandari 21-17, 14-21, 21-13 in the second round.

Kashyap, who qualified for the London Olympics ahead of Ajay Jayaram, was consistent with his smashes and net play against the 2010 Asian Games gold medallist.


Indonesia Open - Surging Sony Scores Big Upset

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Published: 14 June 2012
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Badminton News - Sony Dwi Kuncoro picked an ideal time to return to form after a long spell stuck in the wilderness.

Less than a week after defeating Chinese superstar Lin Dan and winning the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold, Sony picked up another high-profile victory at the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier on Wednesday.

He beat No. 3 seed Peter Gade of Denmark 14-21, 21-7, 21-18, his ninth straight victory after a pair of wins in qualifying on Tuesday. Sony’s reward is a second-round match today against compatriot Taufik Hidayat at Istora Gelora Bung Karno.


Indonesia Open - Doubles left to carry Malaysia’s hopes

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Published: 14 June 2012
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Badminton News - MALAYSIA'S singles challenge, in the absence of defending champion Lee Chong Wei, ended but men's doubles led by Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong performed beyond expectations in the Indonesia Open premier super series in Jakarta yesterday.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong overcame their two consecutive defeats to Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra by securing a 21-14, 21-17 over the Indonesian back-up pair in 34 minutes.

They will meet compatriots Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari, runners-up in the Thailand Open on Sunday, in the second round today. Zakry-Fairuz defeated Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler of Germany 21-12, 21-23, 21-13 in their opening match.

Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong were also through when they upset Indonesian World No 6 Mohammad Ahsan-Bona Septano 21-16, 19-21, 21-17 in 60 minutes.


Thailand Title Shows Sony Is No Spent Force

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Published: 12 June 2012
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Ending a tumultuous two years since his last title, Sony Dwi Kuncoro showed he still had the heart of a champion by winning the men’s singles title at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold on Sunday.

Sony, currently ranked 65th in the world, claimed his first title since winning the 2010 Singapore Open Super Series with a 21-17, 21-14 defeat of Chinese shuttler Chen Yuekun in Bangkok.

“I’m starting to regain my confidence and all my body parts have been working well without pain,” Sony said after defeating Chen. “I’ve been working hard for this win. Now I believe I can fight my way back to the top.”

It was a much-needed breakthrough for the 27-year-old who was once hailed as the heir to Indonesian superstar Taufik Hidayat but ended up slumping to a career low after suffering a catalogue of injuries — back, wrist and ankle — in the last 24 months.




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