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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.

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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.

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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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Pre-Olympic test for shuttlers at Li-Ning Singapore Open

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Published: 08 June 2012
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SINGAPORE - It may be missing the likes of Chinese superstar Lin Dan and world No 1 Lee Chong Wei - as well as top Chinese women Wang Xin, Li Xuerui, and Wang Shixian - but the US$200,000 (S$255,600) Li-Ning Singapore Open promises to serve up thrilling battles for local fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from June 19 to 24.

The draw for the OSIM BWF World SuperSeries was held on Tuesday, with the Republic's shuttlers expected to face tough competition on court in their bid to replicate Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari's title-winning run in 2010.

Seeded eighth for the tournament, world No 16 Gu Juan - who is nominated for the London Olympic Games in July - will need to overcome Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (17) in the first round of the women's singles, while compatriot Derek Wong will have to battle through the qualifiers of the men's singles before facing Simon Santoso of Indonesia (No 9) in the main draw. Newly crowned Sportswoman of the Year Fu Mingtian was handed an easier draw, and will face a qualifier in the first round.

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Lee, Lin to Skip Cashed-Up Indonesia Open

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Published: 08 June 2012
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An extra $50,000 in the Indonesia Open Super Series kitty looks unlikely to bring all the biggest names in badminton to Jakarta.

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has said he will skip the $650,000 event, which runs June 12 to 17, after suffering an injury during the recent Thomas Cup finals. Second-ranked Lin Dan of China will also sit out for unspecified reasons.

Yacob Rusdianto, head of the tournament organizing committee and Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) secretary general, said the field would still be star-studded.

“That won’t reduce the quality of the tournament because all the other top players will be here. The top Chinese female shuttlers have confirmed their participation,” he said on Monday.

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