Taufik Hidayat Earns Payback, Place in Hong Kong Open Semis

By webadmin on 10:04 pm Dec 10, 2010
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Ami Afriatni

Familiar faces must carry Indonesia’s hopes in the Hong Kong Open Super Series. Taufik Hidayat beat Park Sung-hwan of South Korea 23-21, 21-17 at Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Friday to advance to the men’s singles semifinals.

Taufik, Indonesia’s No. 1 shuttler, avenged a bitter loss to Park, who eliminated him in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, last month.

“It was a tough match, especially in the first game, but I think I did well overall,” he said.

“When I took the first game, I really believed I could beat him. It’s good to get this win, and it’s good for my confidence.”

Seeded third in the tournament, Taufik will face Chen Long of China in Saturday’s semifinals. A victory over Chen could set up a dream final between Taufik and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia. Lee takes on Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh in the other semifinal match.

In men’s doubles, reigning Asian Games champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan received a walkover victory after fellow Indonesians Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan withdrew from their match with Alvent suffering from a fever.

Markis and Hendra will go up against Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung in the men’s doubles semifinals. The Korean pair beat China’s Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng 21-19, 21-16 to advance.

Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano, the only other Indonesian men’s doubles pair to advance to the quarterfinals, lost 21-19, 21-19 to sixth-seeded Korean pair Ko Sung-hyun and Yoo Yeon-seong.

In women’s singles, Wang Xin and Wang Shixian face off in an all-China semifinal, while India’s Saina Nehwal and Germany’s Juliane Schenk feature in the other semifinal pairing.