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Badminton/Asian Badminton Championships: An all-Indonesian final in Jakarta

JAKARTA, Oct 19: DEFENDING champion Sony Dwi Kuncoro and compatriot Taufik Hidayat set up an all-Indonesia final in the Asian Badminton Championships after comprehensive wins over their Hong Kong rivals in Jakarta yesterday.

Sony beat Agus Haryanto 15-7, 15-4 while Taufik slammed Ng Wei 15-5, 15-5 to set up a repeat of the 2002 final in Bangkok. On that occasion, Sony clinched the title. In the doubles semi-final, Korean No 2 Lee Dong Soo-Yoo Yong Sung stayed on course for their first title this year beating Indonesia’s Luluk Hadiyanto-Alven Yulianto 15-7, 15-4.

They meet Indonesian back-up pair Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan in today’s final.

Markis-Hendra beat second-seeded compatriots Flandy Limpele-Eng Hian 15-13, 11-15, 15-7 to reach their first international final.

RESULTS (all s-finals) — Men’s singles: Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) bt Agus Haryanto (HK) 15-7, 15-8; Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Ng Wei (HK) 15-5, 15-5.

Doubles: Lee Dong Soo-Yoo Yong Sung (Kor) bt Luluk Hadiyanto-Alven Yulianto (Ina) 15-7, 15-4; Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Flandy Limpele-Eng Hian (Ina) 15-13, 11-15, 15-7.

Women’s singles: Wang Chen (HK) bt Dai Yun (Chn) 11-1, 2-11, 11-9; Silvi Antarini (Ina) bt Ling Wan Ting (HK) 11-9, 11-1.

Doubles: Ra Kyung Min-Lee Kyung Won (Kor) bt Tomomi Matsuda-Aki Akao (Jpn) 15-7, 15-3; Hwang Yu Mi-Lee Hyo Jung (Kor) bt Jo Novita-Lita Nurlita (Ina) 15-3, 15-8.

Mixed doubles: Nova Widianto-Vita Marissa (Ina) bt Liu Kok Wa-Koon Wai Chee (HK) 15-6, 7-15, 15-5; Anggun Nugroho-Eny Widiowati (Ina) bt Kim Yong Hyun-Lee Hyo Jung (Kor) 15-13, 15-8.