Swiss Open: Roslin finally tames his nemesis

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    Sport: Badminton/Swiss Open: Roslin finally tames his nemesis
    S.S. Dhaliwal

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    ROSLIN HASHIM finally got the better of his Indonesian nemesis, Simon Santoso, when he won their first round clash at the Swiss Open today.

    But Roslin's younger brother, Hafiz, was shown the exit when he went down to South Korea's Park Tae Sung.

    It was sweet revenge for Roslin as he had lost to the Indonesian in both their previous meetings at the SEA Games in Vietnam last December.

    And the two defeats started raising doubts about Roslin's ability to keep up with his younger opponents.

    However, Roslin not only brushed aside the skeptics but also his Indonesian opponent for a convincing 15-7, 15-9, win.

    Roslin next plays Boonsak Polsana in the second round and should he get through, he will meet Malaysia's No 1 Wong Choong Hann in the third round.

    Roslin played Boonsak thrice last year and won them all at the World Championships, Singapore Open as well as Danish Open.

    Still the Kelantanese would have to be wary of the Thai who won his national Open in January and also defeated Chen Hong of China during the Thomas Cup qualifiers in Kuala Lumpur last month.

    Hafiz's defeat, in his first competitive tournament after the Hong Kong Open last October, has raised serious doubts if he would be able to defend his All England crown.

    Hafiz hardly put up a fight and was outclassed by the Korean, going down 15-11, 15-2.

    However, Lee Tsuen Seng got off to a winning start easily beating Germany's Jens Roch 15-2, 15-7.

    He, however, faces a daunting task in the second round as he goes up against China's third-seeded Chen Hong.

    Youngster Kuan Beng Hong, who came through the qualifying rounds, also progressed to the second round by defeating Pedro Yang of Guatemala 15-2, 15-7.

    Beng Hong plays Denmark's Kenneth Jonassen in the second round and will do well to take a game against the seventh-seeded player.

    In the mixed doubles, Koo Kien Keat-Chin Eei Hui did well to defeat Denmark's Lars Paaske-Pernile Harder 17-14, 13-15, 15-7, in the first round.

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