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    Once again, Simon was able to lead 11-6.

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    And just in a few mins, Simon leads 16-6. Rubber-set is on.

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    Simon playing a more controlled game in the 2nd set and doing quite well.

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    Simon really makes it hard for himself as he tried to once again engage in an attacking style against Sourabh Varma when in fact a simpler approach would have sufficed. As a result, he nearly let the Indian closed in to within 3 pts from 16-6 to 18-15. Luckily, he won the second-set 21-16.

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    It irks me every time the foreign commentators call players with Chinese names in the wrong order. Never mind about their pronounciation, which often can be an embarrassment

    They think it is right to call the surname or first name last as is their practice in the West. But to the Chinese, the surname is more important and should be called first.

    One would think that only foreign organisers are not well-informed, but look at the following schedule for today's final:




    1. While Yu and Huang's surnames are correctly placed first, their opponents' surnames are placed last.

    2. Yao Xue's name is shown as Xue Yao. Surely many Chinese will find it odd to be called the other way round.

    5. Even Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah's names are in the wrong order. And I presume they were done by locals.

    Local organisers should set the standard of making sure that the Chinese (and even Korean) names are correctly spelt and in the right order as umpires and commentators will use them accordingly.
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    Simon is clawing his way back, level 10-all now...

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    It's a tense and absorbing 3rd set as Sourabh Varma leads 11-10. Simon must use all his experience to take this match.

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    Simon is using his experience to great advantage but became erratic once Varma is able to retrieve his shots in especially a long rally.

    Simon was saved by a disputable baseline shot by Varma which I thought fell on the line. No challenge as this is only a GPG.

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    It's D-Day for Simon, leading 18-17.

    But Varma is still energetic, now leads 19-18.

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    Simon refused to give up and a tap at the net puts him on the verge of victory 20-19.

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    Simon Santoso really has to dig deep into his experience to win the match 15-21, 21-16, 21-19. Sourabh was leading 19-18 before Simon decided to be aggressive and won 3 pts in a row to grab his first title as an independent player.

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    Simon moving his young opponent all over the court with well-placed shots and biding his time to go for the kill.

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    A triumph for experience and, I must say, fighting spirit too. Congrats, Simon Santoso, the MS Champion of the MAS Open GPG'14.

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    A nice payday for Simon too with US$9k in his pocket today. He will rise up to the top 40 ranking and slowly making his way back to the top 20.

    His next tourney is still within the region, in the Singapore SS, where he needs to crawl from the qualifying rounds. He will face Pannawit Thongnuam, followed by either Tan Chun Seang or Derek Wong Zi Liang for a place in the Main Draw. If he can progress, a tough tie against Tian Houwei awaits him.

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    Up next is Pelatnas's new XD pairing of Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto. They are being groomed to be INA's no 2 XD pair after Owi/Butet. Jordan is still 20 years old while Debby will be 25 this year.

    Last year, Jordan was still playing with Vita Marissa and they won 2 GPG Gold titles and 1 GP title, rising up to no 7 in the World Ranking. An impressive feat for the 19 yo Jordan then. Can he repeat this with Debby?

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    Jordan contributed to like 6-7 pts of CHN's pts. Way too much unforced errors in the first-set.

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    Still no rhythm from the INA pair as they made tons of unforced errors. The CHN pair takes the first-set 21-14.

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