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Sony back on track

Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro (below), reached the semi-finals of the SCG Thailand Open on Friday where he will be up against four-time world champion Lin Dan.

The three-time Asian champion, who has suffered a catalogue of injuries in the last 24 months, knows he will face an uphill task against the reigning world, Olympic and Asian champion from China.

A former Olympic medallist, Sony now has a chance to get back into the limelight against arguably the greatest badminton player of his generation.

The unseeded Sony booked his ticket to the final four when he defeated India’s Sourabh Varma 21-6, 21-8 in just 29 minutes.

Lin Dan, who has been far from his best in this Grand Prix Gold tournament, reached the semis by edging Taipei’s Chun Shih Kuei 22-20, 21-17.

The other semi-finals will be two up and coming Chinese youngsters, Yuekun Chen and Gao Huan.

The women’s semi-finals will see top India’s Saina Nehwal taking on third seed Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand (left), while former world champion Wang Lin meets second seed and three-time world junior champion Ratchanok Inthanon.

Wang Lin, like Sony, has also suffered from several injury setbacks since winning the world title two years ago and she qualified for the semi-finals after beating fellow Chinese shuttler Yu Sun 18-21, 21-13, 21-12.

Malaysia are guaranteed a representative in the men’s doubles as eighth seeds Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari will face teammates Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong.

The other semi-final will see top seeds Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan facing third seeds Kim Ki Jung-Kim Sa Rang.

The women’s doubles will see Thai pairs taking on their Chinese rivals for a place in Sunday’s final.

Lam Narissapat-Saralee Thoungthongkam face an uphill task against top seeds Huan Xia-Tang Jinhua while Duanganong Aroonkesorn-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul stand a fighting chance against Cheng Shu-Pan Pan.

Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen, the sole Europeans left in the draw, will take on China’s Jiaming Tao-Tang Jinhua for a place in the mixed doubles final.

The other semi-final sees Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo against Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee.

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