Wednesday, 22 May 2024

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Training sessions under the guidance of a champion father have paid off for Tommy Sugiarto, as he secured a significant victory over title favorite Lin Dan in the quarter-finals of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open today. Sugiarto, who has been training independently of the national team for the past two months, attributed his success to his father, Icuk, the 1983 World Champion.

Sugiarto showcased his determination by playing at a high pace and staying composed during crucial moments. Meanwhile, Lin relied heavily on flicks and pushes, rarely resorting to his infamous jump smash. Although Lin managed to equalize the first-game deficit, he struggled in the deciding game, while Sugiarto fought for every point, eventually emerging victorious with a score of 21-17, 15-21, 21-17.

“This is my best win,” claimed Sugiarto. “Lin Dan is a superstar and immensely popular here. I had to stay focused on every point and believe in myself.” Sugiarto also acknowledged that he felt Lin’s inability to concentrate on certain points and recognized him as a legend.

In the upcoming semi-finals, Sugiarto will face Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, while Chinese qualifier Xue Song will compete against India’s Kidambi Srikanth. Srikanth’s match against Japan’s Takuma Ueda was an intense battle, showcasing their tenacity. Ultimately, Srikanth prevailed with a score of 21-15, 23-25, 21-18.

In the Women’s Singles category, All England Champion Carolina Marin from Spain secured a spot in the semi-finals after a hard-fought victory over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. Marin expressed her relief, stating, “That was a tough contest; I’m glad I pulled it off as I had lost to her previously.”

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India’s Saina Nehwal also advanced to the semi-finals and will face Japan’s Yui Hashimoto, offering an opportunity for Nehwal to avenge her loss at the India Open in 2013.

The Men’s Doubles semi-final will witness an exciting clash between Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding and Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen. In the Women’s Doubles category, an all-China contest is set between Luo Ying/Luo Yu and Bao Yixin/Tang Jinhua. Mixed Doubles will see Indonesian pairs Edi Subaktiar/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja and Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto competing for a spot in the finals.

For detailed results of the day, click here.

FAQs

  1. What is the significance of Tommy Sugiarto’s victory over Lin Dan?
    Tommy Sugiarto’s win over Lin Dan in the quarter-finals of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open is considered significant due to Lin Dan’s reputation as a top contender in badminton and his popularity among fans. Sugiarto’s victory showcases his skill and determination.

  2. Who is Tommy Sugiarto’s father and how has he been involved in his training?
    Tommy Sugiarto’s father is Icuk Sugiarto, who was the World Champion in 1983. In the past two months, Tommy has been training with his father independently of the national team, benefiting from his father’s guidance and expertise.

  3. What style did Lin Dan employ during the match?
    Lin Dan utilized a style characterized by flicks and pushes, with limited use of his powerful jump smash. Despite his efforts to equalize the first-game deficit, Lin struggled in the deciding game against Sugiarto’s relentless pace and determination.

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Summary

Tommy Sugiarto achieved a major victory over Lin Dan in the quarter-finals of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open, showcasing his talent and determination. Sugiarto’s win is significant considering Lin Dan’s status as a top player in badminton. Sugiarto attributed his success to the intense training sessions he had with his father, Icuk Sugiarto, who was the World Champion in 1983. In the upcoming semi-finals, Sugiarto will face Viktor Axelsen, while Xue Song will compete against Kidambi Srikanth. Other notable matches include Carolina Marin’s win over Nozomi Okuhara and Saina Nehwal’s opportunity to avenge her previous loss. The competition in the Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles categories promises exciting matchups. Stay tuned for more updates on the Yonex-Sunrise India Open.

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