10 Aug '15, 11pm

Indonesia pin hope on Sugiarto - The Straits Times

JAKARTA • Indonesia showed their intentions to do well at badminton's World Championships, which started in Jakarta yesterday, with home favourite Tommy Sugiarto cruising into the second round. But it will not be all smooth sailing for their men's singles players as world No. 1 Chen Long announced that he has set his sights on clinching a second straight world title this weekend. Sugiarto, Indonesia's top medal prospect, defeated Spain's European Games winner Pablo Abian 21-16, 21-13 and will next face unseeded Hong Kong shuttler Wei Nan, who prevailed over American Howard Shu 21-19, 24-26, 21-18. The 15th seed Sugiarto looked a little unsteady in the first set, with Abian taking an early lead and threatening to upstage the Indonesian champion before a rowdy home crowd. But the 27-year-old recovered with a string of quick points to claim the first set, before overpowering ...

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