A day before Simon Santoso won the Singapore Open title, BadmintonPlanet.com wrote an article titled “The Resurgence of Simon Santoso” to describe how Simon overcame past failures and posted one of the great comebacks in badminton history.
He went through some hard times for his poor performances last season, and had to face harsh criticism that tried to rip the world from him. He finally had enough of that, and quit Indonesia Badminton Association in January 2014.
Well, that turned out to be one of the best decisions of his career. Training under his new club, he has less pressure, and received more attention from his coach Hendri Saputra. After he turned professional, he was able to capture the Malaysia GP Gold title and defeated World No 1 Lee Chong Wei to win the Singapore Open.
In the New Delhi Thomas Cup, Simon is hoping to help win the 14th Thomas Cup for Indonesia. He got off to a bright start yesterday to defeat Lee Kwan Ting 21-16, 22-20 in the 5-0 win over Hong Kong in a Group A match at Siri Fort Arena.
“I would like to help Indonesia to win the Thomas Cup for the 14th time. We have Olympic and world champions in our team, but none of us has ever win Thomas Cup. It’s our dream to win Thomas Cup in New Delhi.”
“I was excluded from the Wuhan Thomas Cup, it really feels good to be able to play in the Thomas Cup again. I am trying to continue my winning form from the Malaysia GP Gold and Singapore Open. I hope I can win all my matches,” said Simon yesterday.
As the third singles, he could decide Indonesia’s destiny if ties in the knockout stage go down to the wire.
“I am aware of it. I know as a third singles, I could decide how far the team can go in the later stages. I am in good shape and I am confident to continue my winning streak against any opponents. But, I need to adapt to the dry indoor air inside the stadium that caused by the air conditioners. It somewhat affected my performance today,” added Simon.