NEW ZEALAND OPEN 2007 – André the Magnificent

The 20-year-old Andre Kurniawan Tedjono, from the Djarum Club of Jakarta, chopped off one last head in Auckland on Sunday and won the title of the KLRC New Zealand Open. […]

ImageThe 20-year-old Andre Kurniawan Tedjono, from the Djarum Club of Jakarta, chopped off one last head in Auckland on Sunday and won the title of the KLRC . He thus deprived Wong Choong Hann of a first major success after his injury. Zhou Mi, meanwhile, is climbing the ladder back to her best level and scooped the title in the women’s singles.

Tarek Hafi, Raphael Sachetat. Photos (archives) : Badmintonphoto.com

Djarum’s new phenomenon Andre Kurniawan (pictured) followed the French saying "never two without three" as he beat a third Malaysian in a row. After Roslin Hashim and Yeoh Kay Bin, the 20-year-old Indonesian upset the former Malaysian number one player, Wong Choong Hann, in the final of the KLRC NZ Open on Sunday in three hard games: 13-21, 21-18, 21-14.

It was a strong sign that Indonesians can now count on another top youngster, a few years after Simon Santoso was discovered. It looks like Indonesia has found a name to fill out the missing spot of the strong fourth man in the Thomas Cup’s men’s single squad. He had proven it partly at home, during the Indonesian Open, when he had trounced Denmark’s Kenneth Jonassen and proved it once more this week in New Zealand. Kurniawan has got his first major title in the international scene and will most likely be travelling abroad more often with some of his Djarum teammates.

ImageSmiling Zhou is back !

In the ladies’ singles, the ex-Chinese player now playing for Hong Kong , Zhou Mi (pictured), proved she is definitely back, after Saturday beating the in-form top seed from France, Pi Hongyan. She had no problems in the final defeating Umezu Chie from Japan : 21-13, 21-10.

However the Japanese women’s team will take one gold medal back from the women’s doubles after Tatani and Wakisaka persevered to beat the Indonesian pair of Jauhari/Irawati : 21-17, 15-21, 21-16 for their first major title.

The mixed doubles was an all-Indonesian affair, with the higher-seeded pair coming out on top. Devin Lahardi Fitriawan and his partner Lita Nurlita won in straight games over their compatriots Nugroho/Maheswari 21-16, 21-15.

The last but not the least, the men’s doubles saw the promising pair from Malaysia, Hoon Thien How and Chan Chong Ming winning the final, if not easily, against the experienced Hong Kong pair Njoto and Wiratama – 21-14, 20-22, 21-11, giving Malaysia another title and making another of their stable pairs shine after Koo/Tan, Lee/Choong, Tazari/Abdul Latif had been having great successes earlier this year.

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