GUANGZHOU (China) - INDONESIA and South Korea got off to winning starts at the 2009 Sudirman Cup in the opening session Sunday in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, but there was disappointment for Malaysia.
Indonesia smashed a young Japan team 4-1 and South Korea defeated Malaysia 3-2 as the mixed team championships got off to a largely predictable start. 'We are confident and optimistic that we will bring the cup home,' said a satisfied Indonesian team manager Yacob Rusdianto.
Strongly fancied to be one of the main threats to hosts China, Indonesia, cheered on by a small but vociferous band of followers marooned in one corner of the Guangzhou Gymnasium, raced to a 3-0 lead against Japan.
Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Indonesia's world number six, made light work of Kenichi Tago after a slow start, eventually running out the winner 21-17, 21-16, leaving Japanese hopes in tatters on day one at 3-0 down. They pulled a point back in comfortably winning the women's doubles before Indonesia pulled further ahead 4-1 to leave the inexperienced Japan team deflated.