Gade clears first Super Series hurdle

2008 runner-up beats compatriot Jorgensen, top seeds Kien Keat-Boon Heong suffer upset

JOHOR BAHARU: Peter Gade cleared the first hurdle yesterday in his bid for the mena��s singles title at the World Super Series Masters Finals with a 21-12, 21-15 win over compatriot Jan Jorgensen.

Gade, the Dane who was runner-up here last year, scored his second win over Jorgensen within a month in the Group B encounter, having beaten him in the recent Hong Kong Open.

In a Group A match, Chinaa��s lone representative, Bao Chunlai, also got off to a winning start with a 21-18, 26-24 win over Indonesian ace Taufik Hidayat.

It was an all-Malaysian battle in the mena��s doubles Group A match, with Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari pulling off an upset straight sets 21-15, 21-17 win over defending champions and top seeds Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

Chinaa��s and Indonesiaa��s top shuttlers skipped the US$500,000 seasonending Badminton World Federation tournament, citing other commitments.

Indonesia pulled out the mena��s doubles pair Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan and Mohd Ahsan-Bona Septano as well as singles players Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso.

a�?Hopefully this win will be the stepping stone for better things to come for us after a spate of poor results,a�? said Zakry, describing the win as a big boost to their career.

Kien Keat gave no excuses for the defeat but said: a�?We have yet to get the feel of this tournament.a�?But we hope to improve in our coming matches for a top-two finish in the group for a place in the semifinals.a�? Gade, who lost to Jorgensen in the Denmark Open this year and the Indonesian Open last year, said: a�?It is a good start for me.

a�?I used my mental strength to overcome Jorgensen, who has improved tremendously over the last few months.a�? a�� AFP

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