SINGAPORE OPEN 2010 QF – Sony D(w)ID it!

Quarter-finals day of the Li-Ning Singapore Open Super Series 2010 closed with a dramatic finish when world #1 Lee Chong Wei (photo) was dumped by Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro in […]


Quarter-finals day of the Li-Ning Super Series 2010 closed with a dramatic finish when world #1 Lee Chong Wei (photo) was dumped by Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro in a breath-taking 21-7, 21-19, 21-18 match.

By: Serla Rusli, Badzine Correspondent, reporting live from Singapore Indoor Stadium. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)

Lee Chong Wei may have gotten away with the close calls for the past two days. He handled his previous two matches with less conviction than one would expect from a tournament top favourite. Both matches stretched to tiebreaker games with the Malaysian reigning over unseeded shuttlers Brice Leverdez (FRA) and Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (INA).
This time, however, is a different story. Lee Chong Wei was unable to save himself in the nick of time and had to surrender the semi-final spot to the Indonesian shuttler.

Judging by the score of the first game, Lee’s skills and attacks seemed unrivalled by Sony. “Chong Wei is still really good. In the first game, he was totally in control,” Sony credited his opponent.

However, in the second game, the Indonesian proved otherwise. His composure at crucial moments – when he was trailing at 11-15 – secured him points that eventually forced Lee to his third tiebreaker game in the tournament.

The turning point was when I told myself not to lose any more points and to keep calm. I also keep telling myself to keep fighting in the second game.  In the third game, I tried to play more aggressively and launched more attacks,” shared the seventh seed, who was responsible for eliminating Chong Wei from the quarter-finals of the World Championships last year.

sin2010-qf-gadeHis strategy and strong mentality did the trick and Sony was able to prevent the repeat of his All England defeat. His relentless pressure eventually paid off as he clinched the deciding game 21-15. This victory tipped the scales of their head-to-head record to Sony’s advantage at 5-4.
Sony’s semi-final opponent, Kashyap Parupalli, had a much easier task in the quarter-final as he defeated compatriot Arvind Bhat in straight games, 21-17, 21-16.
Gade’s Share of Scare
Singapore Open is saved from losing both its top two seeds in men’s singles as Peter Gade (photo) from Denmark managed to edge another Indonesian quarter-finalist, Simon Santoso. Peter squeezed through the 67-minute match in 17-21, 21-8, 21-17.
I was trailing in the third game, but I kept on fighting. That’s one of the reasons I won in the end. And I’m really happy with the support from the spectators.  It was so good,” thanked the Dane.
In the first game, I had better control of the shuttle. I did not want to let him earn his points. I was lagging quite far in the second game, and I thought that I would just let it go and fight my way in the final game. However, I made a lot of unforced errors in the end,” reflected the twenty-five-year-old Simon Santoso (photo).

sin2010-qf-simonOverall, I think my performance has improved in this tournament. Right from the start, I was geared up to play against Peter in this quarter-final match. That was my hope and I achieved it.
Emerging as a winner from this round only means that another arduous task is at hand as Boonsak Ponsana from Thailand is waiting at the other side of the court.
He is a good player! He always plays well here, so to play against him I will have to be very patient with my attacks, move him around the court. If I have the physical power to gain the upper hand first, then I stand a good chance. But it’s going to be a tough game, I’m sure,” commented Peter on his semi-final clash.
Boonsak booked his semi-final limelight after beating Dicky Palyama in a quick 21-15, 21-5 match.

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