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SUNDAY, 30th March 2014
Simon Santoso managed to turn his decision of quitting the national team in January into a blessing of disguise. Simon Santoso played diligently to capture his first title of 2014. Simon Santoso started off well in the opening game against India’s Sourabh Varma but too much unforced errors got into his way.
Simon was leading 11-5 in the first game but the 22 years old Sourabh Varma played patiently and opening up the game with fast pace shooting lobs and fast attacking footwork acceleration which he managed to crawled back up and took the opening game 21-15.
Sourabh Varma is certainly a player to look out for in the near future, despite being much younger than his opponent; Sourabh played like an experienced player with great hunger in his eyes. However, towards the end of the game Sourabh showed a little sign of nerves taking over, which cost him a string of unforced errors and the former Indonesia’s top player took that opportunity to his advantage to clinched a win after a tough battle 15-21, 21-16, 21-19 in 1 hour and 9 minutes.
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Defending champion Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem failed to defend their title , were well beaten by qualifiers Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart of Singapore 17-21, 20-22.
Khim Wah and V Shem struggled to get their game going in the opening game with numerous unforced errors. V Shem and Khim Wah probably started off with a wrong game plan by playing too safe and eagerly trying to kill the rallies.
Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart , the no 281th rank Indonesia and Thailand born players certainly managed to keep momentum going through out the tournament. In fact the beat the 1st seed combination of Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong in the first round.
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