HONG KONG OPEN 2007 – Sony trounces Boonsak; Salakjit makes up for it

World silver medallist Sony Dwi Kuncoro trounced Thailand’s jewel Boonsak Ponsana in straight and easy games 21-10, 21-13 and set new targets for Indonesia, as the country slowly comes back […]

ImageWorld silver medallist Sony Dwi Kuncoro trounced Thailand’s jewel Boonsak Ponsana in straight and easy games 21-10, 21-13 and set new targets for Indonesia, as the country slowly comes back to full speed in their main events.

Raphael Sachetat, Live from Hong Kong. Photos: Badmintonphoto.com (Live)

There are ups and downs in a career. Sony Dwi Kuncoro (pictured) is obviously in the upstream this year after going down in 2006 due to a recurrent injury. The Indonesian, after playing his best during the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, is looking for a better outing in the Super Series events, where he has never gotten past the quarter-finals.

Today, against an uninspired Boonsak Ponsana, winner of the Singapore Open this June, the Indonesian was very much on top of his game and controlled the rallies, while Boonsak was making mistakes and pulling faces. It was said on court one that the Indonesian would come away with an easy victory. In just half an hour, it was all over, with the result a clear 21-10, 21-13 victory for Sony.

“I just played my game and I felt good on court today, with my strokes and condition. I didn’t make any mistakes while he made a lot. I haven’t set any targets for myself here but I would like to go further than the quarter-finals as I’ve never reached further than this stage in any Super Series event,” said Kuncoro. Hendrawan, his coach, hopes for his country’s good results to continue.

Image“I do believe that we have a good chance of matching China in men’s singles, mixed doubles and men’s doubles, which is good for Thomas Cup next year and Sudirman Cup. Also, in the Olympics, we’ll hope to put China in danger, maybe in all events, even if it will be difficult in the women’s events. But Tine Rasmussen, Wong Mew Choo and others have shown they could beat the top Chinese, who will have extra pressure on home soil in Beijing. Also, Natsir and Marissa beat the top Chinese pairs in the China Masters this year, so, we hope we can do it again. The 21-point system has helped a lot for this as it narrows the difference between the players,” said a happy Hendrawan, who will look for a good showing from his players. Taufik beat Chen Hong in convincing fashion on Tuesday while Simon Santoso, who had slightly injured his knee during the National Championships, fell to Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia.

Salakjit makes up for Boonsak ‘s loss

Boonsak’s little sister, however, put things back in order for the family’s honour, and stunned last weekend’s Champion Wong Mew Choo (pictured) in three games, as the Malaysian was obviously lacking energy against the young Thai, who kept the rallies going. “She just didn’t let her have the chance to take control and played safely,” said coach Udom Lueangpatcharaporn. “I am happy but I haven’t set any goals for myself here. I’ll just play one match at the time” said the young Thai while stretching, after her convincing 16-21, 21-7, 21-10 victory. “We’ll have to see, but she has a chance to beat Kaori Mori of Japan, and then, against the Chinese player (Zhang Ning), it will be very difficult,” added Ponsana’s coach.

The upset of the morning in Hong Kong was the defeat of 4th seeds Lee and Jung of Korea by Poland’s giant killers Mateusiak and Logosz in straight games, 21/17, 30/28.

All results HERE

Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.