Gade (pictured right) was perhaps the biggest casualty of the day falling 21-14 7-21 18-21 to Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who continued his remarkable resurgence from near-obscurity.
Kuncoro followed up on his 2012 SCG Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold win with a strong opening round performance at his home. The Indonesian, who once sat comfortably in the world’s top 10, had ambushed world champion Lin Dan against all expectations in the semifinals in Thailand last week.
Showing it was not a fluke, Koncoro promptly downed world number 5 Peter Gade in a scoreline illustrative of the way fortunes in the game shifted after the Indonesian put on his thinking cap to outsmart the Dane in the second and third games. Surely, Kuncoro will be pleased with himself on how well he has coped thus far in his comeback.
The former Asian champion, who was languishing at No.114 in August last year, has steadily climbed up the rankings and is now No.65. After a string of poor performances due to injury troubles, he finally turned the corner at the Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in May, where he reached the final, and his return is now seemingly cemented.
Kuncoro will play longtime fellow-warrior Taufik Hidayat in the second round, and the match between the two former champions should be interesting for the home crowd.
While 34-year-old Peter Gade continues his poor run of form losing in the first round of all three OSIM BWF World Superseries Premier events this year.
There is still however much to cheer for in the Danish camp when best man Jan O Jorgensen took the first game off world number 4 Chen Jin (pictured left) 21-16 before the Chinese bowed out with an injury midway in the second after trailing 7-10. Earlier in the day, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus put the Danes in good standing when he beat Malaysia’s in-form Daren Liew 21-14 23-25 21-14.
Another of the more significant upsets of the day also came from the Danish camp when fifth seeds Kamila Rytter-Juhl / Christinna Pedersen fell to local girls Pia Bernadeth / Rizki Amelia Pradipta (pictured right) – a straightforward result in 31 minutes that was added to the series of surprises that had sprung up in the Indonesian camp.
It turned out to be a dream day for Pia Bernadeth, as she accompanied her brother Markis Kido and beat the fifth seeds in the mixed doubles, Chen Hung Ling / Cheng Wen Hsing of Chinese Taipei, 21-17 21-18.
Kido then knocked out another Taipei duo when he partnered long-time partner Hendra Setiawan to beat seventh seeds Fang Chieh-Min / Lee Sheng Mu in the men’s doubles.
The Indonesians also took out two Chinese men’s doubles pair when Gideon Markus Fernaldi / Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra defeated Hong Wei / Shen Ye 21-17 22-20. While Andrei Adistia / Christopher Rusdianto beat Liu Xiaolong / Qiu Zihan 21-19 25-23.
This leaves Chai Biao / Guo Zhendong the lone Chinese rangers in the men’s doubles event. Their world number 1 compatriots Cai Yun / Fu Haifeng had withdrawn from the tournament on Monday as Fu battles to recover from a knee infection ahead of London 2012 Olympic Games.
Results of the first round of the 2012 Djarum Indonesia Open can be found here.