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Category: Badminton News Published: 12 March 2009
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Indonesia’s European hangover continued on Wednesday.

In keeping with their disappointing results at the All England, the country’s shuttlers continued bowing out early at the Swiss Open Super Series, with half of Indonesia’s entries taking the exit door in the first round at Basel’s St. Jakobshall.

The Indonesian Badminton Association, or PBSI, set a quarterfinal target for all of its national shuttlers before they left for England. Lius Pongoh, the PBSI head of player development, said players who fell short of that mark would undergo a six-week retraining program at the national camp before they’re allowed to compete in other tournaments.

“So I think there will be a lot of national team players that will not compete at the Asian Championship next month,” Lius told state-run news agency Antara, referring to the tournament that will be held on April 7-12 in Suwon, South Korea.

Men’s singles shuttler Simon Santoso duplicated his All England first-round exit, losing 21-12, 14-21, 21-19 to Wong Choong Hann. The story was the same in the women’s singles, where Adrianti Firdasari fell 17-21, 21-19, 21-12 to No. 4 seed Pi Hongyan of France and Pia Zebadiah Bernadet lost 21-15, 21-15 to Japan’s Megumi Taruno.

Men’s doubles was not immune, either. Muhammad Ahsan and Bona Septano, who reached the All England quarterfinals, suffered a two-set loss to China, while Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki and Rian Sukmawan also fell in two sets to Japan.

The country’s main hope for titles now rests in mixed and women’s doubles. Top seeds Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir reached the second round, as did Devin Lahardi Fitriawan and Lita Nurlita. Both pairs’ second-round matches finished after press time.

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