Sony Dwi Kuncoro gained a measure of revenge in Singapore, while Taufik Hidayat suffered yet another bad result in badminton’s top tournaments.
Sony advanced to the second round of the Singapore Open Super Series on Wednesday with 21-9, 21-17 defeat of men’s singles No. 5 seed Du Pengyu, the Chinese shuttler who ousted him in the Indonesia Open quarterfinals last week.
The 27-year-old dominated the match at Singapore Indoor Stadium and needed just 37 minutes to oust Du from the $200,000 tournament.
“I was not in good physical condition when I played against him in the Indonesia Open,” Sony said. “Today, I was fit and able to play fast. I controlled the game early and cruised to victory.”
Sony has been on a good run in the past two months, which includes winning his first title in two years, the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold on June 10. That pushed him up from 65th to 45th in the Badminton World Federation rankings.
In today’s second round, he will play either Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk or Pablo Abian of Spain.
Meanwhile, Taufik suffered from another early exit in major tournament just a month before the start of the Olympics in London.
The 30-year-old shuttler fell 21-17, 21-19 to world No. 37 Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia.
Last week, Taufik lost to Sony in the Indonesia Open second round, and the 2004 Olympic gold medalist has yet to win any titles this season.
Also in men’s singles, Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka and Tommy Sugiarto will play against each other in the second round. Hayom beat Hsu Jen-hao of Taiwan 23-21, 21-16 to advance, while Tommy edged out No. 8 seed Shon Wan-ho of South Korea 21-16, 19-21, 21-15.
The country’s top two men’s doubles pairs also qualified for the second round.
The third-seeded duo of Bona Septano and Mohammad Ahsan had an easy opener, beating Singaporeans Terry Yeo and Yi Liu 21-10, 21-13. They will play Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Petersen and Jonas Rasmussen today.
Former world No. 1 pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan beat Juergen Koch and Peter Zauner of Austria 21-15, 21-10.