Kuncoro knocks Lin Dan out of Singapore Open

Kuncoro got off to a great start to and won the first set before Lin Dan fought back to claim the second. But the 31-year-old Indonesian kept his cool to seal a nail-biting 22-20 victory in the final set.

Sony Dwi Kuncoro (in picture) capitalised on his quickfire start to beat Olympic champion Lin Dan.   -  AP

Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan became the latest casualty at the Singapore Open on Saturday when he suffered a stunning semi-final defeat at the hands of Indonesian qualifier Sony Dwi Kuncoro.

The 32-year-old Lin, who has never won the tournament, trailed early on against the 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Kuncoro, who raced to a 11-4 lead before taking the first set 21-10.

The Chinese superstar salvaged the second set to win 21-17, but the 31-year-old Indonesian kept his cool to seal a nail-biting 22-20 victory in the final set.


On Friday, world number ones Chen Long of China and Carolina Marin of Spain had crashed out in the quarter-finals, unceremoniously shown the door by young upstarts. Chen fell to Hong Kong's 21-year-old Angus Ng, while Marin fell in three sets to Japan's 18-year-old Akane Yamaguchi.


Speaking to media after the game, Lin said: "I lost the first set too quickly and took too long to find my rhythm. I didn't play as well as I could have."

Kuncoro, ranked 56th in the world, said he began to believe he could win after his quick-fire start.

"It was such an awesome game and I'm very happy," Kuncoro said.

"My game was pretty hesitant in the second set. So in the third set I just put in my all and was aggressive. I did not want to follow Lin Dan's style of play," added the Indonesian.

Kuncoro, who won the Singapore Open in 2010, will face Korea's Son Wan-Ho in the finals after Son beat giant-killer Ng.

In the women's singles world number two Ratchanok Intanon beat Yamaguchi 21-12 22-20 to progress to the finals. The Thai will be bidding to win three successive Superseries tournaments in as many weeks when she faces Chinese defending champion Sun Yu.