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Simon Santoso Upsets Badminton's No. 1 Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 24 September 2009
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Any surprise Indonesia’s women can come up with, the men can do just as well. Simon Santoso of Indonesia reacts after his winning point against Lee Chong Wei.

One day after unseeded Adriyanti Firdasari upset women’s singles No. 1 Zhou Mi in the first round of the Japan Open Super Series, Simon Santoso did likewise to men’s singles top seed Lee Chong Wei.

Simon held off the Malaysian No. 1 19-21, 21-15, 21-19 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday, capping another successful day for Indonesian shuttlers in their push to end the country’s Super Series title drought.

 

Number one Zhou fails at Japan Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 September 2009
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TOKYO — Women's world number one Zhou Mi of Hong Kong failed to clear the first hurdle when she crashed to Adriyanti Firdasari in the Japan Open badminton tournament on Wednesday.

The Masters Final champion, who played for China previously, suffered a shock 21-17, 18-21, 21-18 defeat in the first round to the Indonesian, ranked 20th in the world.Zhou Mi of Hong Kong reaches for a return against Adriyanti Firdasari of Indonesia

"It was difficult in the first game to get used to the wind (caused by the air conditioner) and its direction. I managed to take the second game, but physically I'm tired in the third game," said Zhou.

 
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Saina suffers first round exit at Japan Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 September 2009
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Saina Nehwal  made a disappointing return to the court, crashing to a first round defeat in the Japan Open Super Series badminton tournament in Tokyo on Wednesday.

However, P Kashyap kept Indian hopes alive by advancing to the pre-quarter-finals.

The only Indian contender in the men's singles, Kashyap scored a 21-17, 12-21, 21-11 win over Japan's Takuma Ueda in a 51-minute encounter.

World No 34 Kashyap will next take on No 3 Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark in the Thursday's pre-quarter-finals.

Saina, coming back after a month's break, lost 15-21, 23-21, 14-21 to world No 10 Yanjiao Jiang of China in 53 minutes in the women's singles.

The seventh seeded Indian mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju also hit a low after their Chinese Taipei Grand Prix gold win last month and crashed out of the tournament, losing 18-21, 12-21 to te Thai combo of Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam.

Jwala had more disappointment in store as she and Ashwini Ponnappa were beaten 15-21, 21-19, 18-21 by the seventh seeded Japanese combo of Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna in the women's doubles opener that lasted more than one hour.

The men's doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas also bit the dust, going down 12-21, 16-21 to the Korean pair of Sung Hyun Ko and Yi Goo Kwon inside 30 minutes.

 
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Lee beats Boonsak in Japan badminton open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 September 2009
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TOKYO — World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia brushed aside Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the Japan Open on Wednesday, showing no ill-effects from a knee injury.World number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia brushed aside Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the Japan Open on Wednesday

The top seed, who said an old injury to his left knee has recently flared, needed just 34 minutes to score a 21-9, 21-15 win over the in-form China Masters finalist in the first round of the men's singles.

"For sure, he (Boonsak) is a tough opponent. I just tried to keep myself calm and play my game. I tried not to lose a single point because every point is very important," said Lee, the winner here in 2007.

Lee said he was going to focus on winning the Japan Open and then compete in just one more tournament this year, skipping the Hong Kong Open and the China Open to take a rest.

 

Super Dan aware of youth challenge

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 September 2009
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"Super Dan", as Chinese top shuttler Lin Dan was nicknamed, said he already felt his dominance challenged by a new force from his own team.

    Lin, clinching China Masters title here on Sunday, keeps his tight grip on the top position in the Chinese badminton national team and is arguably the best player in the world, being the first player to win three world titles and only the second to hold the Olympic and world titles at the same time.

    Despite all the dominance, the 26-year-old, however, felt clear challenges from the national team which recruits promising young players from all over the vast country of 1.3 billion people.

    "I always think China has the world top men's singles players in numbers. It is always more difficult for me to play my teammates than foreign players because we know each well," he said.

 
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