New Delhi: Simon Santoso sent Indonesian badminton team into Thomas Cup semi-finals by putting up a resilient game against Soo Hwang Jong of Korea. The Korean threw everything he had into Simon in the deciding match, but Simon defended well and won the battle 21-12, 22-20 to guarantee Indonesia a place in the semi-finals.
It was not a good start for the men’s team when Tommy Sugiarto was having trouble pulling out the close games and went down to Son Wan Ho 21-23, 22-24 in 66 minutes.
World number one men’s doubles pair Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan leveled the score to 1-1 in another epic battle by defeating Yoo Yeon Seong/Lee Yong Dae 21-15 17-21 21-19.
Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka put Indonesia ahead 2-1 by taming Lee Dong Keun 21-17, 21-16.
Ryan Agung Saputra/Angga Pratama were involved in intense exchange of firepower against Kim Jung Ki/Kim Sa Rang before conceded 14-21, 21-10, 13-21.
Indonesia will play Malaysia in the semi-finals who defeated Denmark in another quarter-finals tie.