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 men’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, China’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 men’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.
China’s and Indonesia’s top shuttlers skipped the US$500,000 seasonending Badminton World Federation tournament, citing other commitments.
Indonesia pulled out the men’s doubles pair Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan and Mohd Ahsan-Bona Septano as well as singles players Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Simon Santoso.
“Hopefully this win will be the stepping stone for better things to come for us after a spate of poor results,” said Zakry, describing the win as a big boost to their career.
Kien Keat gave no excuses for the defeat but said: “We have yet to get the feel of this tournament.“But we hope to improve in our coming matches for a top-two finish in the group for a place in the semifinals.” Gade, who lost to Jorgensen in the Denmark Open this year and the Indonesian Open last year, said: “It is a good start for me.
“I used my mental strength to overcome Jorgensen, who has improved tremendously over the last few months.” — AFP