Badminton: Simon Santoso Wins at Indonesia Open
Indonesia’s Simon Santoso defeated Du Pengyu of China 21-18, 13-21, 21-11 to win the men’s singles title at the Djarum Indonesia Open Superseries Premier 2012 badminton tournament on Sunday.
The win, Indonesia’s first in the tournament since 2008, provides a much-needed boost ahead of the London Olympics.
No Indonesian shuttler has won any of the Open’s titles since 2008, when Sony Dwi Kuncoro was victorious in men’s singles and Vita Marissa and Liliyana Natsir in women’s doubles.
This is also the first victory this year for the 26-year-old seventh-seed.
“My focus is the Olympics, but I’m playing to win [the Indonesia Open] because I want to know where I’m at before going to London,” Simon previously told the Jakarta Globe.
The world’s top two men’s singles players, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan, did not participate in this year’s Open. Lee, the three-time defending champion, is nursing a foot injury, and Lin gave no reason for his absence.
In the mixed doubles category, Indonesians Ahmad Tantowi and Liliyana fell 21-17, 17-21, 21-13 to Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam.
Indonesia’s men’s doubles bet, Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan, failed to reach the final round after being defeated by South Korea’s Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae 21-14, 17-21, 15-21.
The prominent tournament, with total prize money of $650,000, took place from June 12 to June 17.