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Sony Aims for Two in a Row

Indonesian ace Sony Dwi Kuncoro will be aiming for his second title in a row when he takes part in this week's China Masters.

The 24-year-old world number six is on a high after winning the Japan Open at the weekend, where he beat Malaysia's world number one Lee Chong Wei in the final.

Not only did he take home the first prize but he earned a measure of revenge against Lee, who defeated him 21-9, 21-11 in the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympic Games men's singles competition.

Lee went on to win the silver medal while Sony, the 2004 Athens bronze medallist, went home heartbroken.

He says he is still sore at his Olympic loss but is determined to fight on to win as many titles as possible.

"I was really devastated by my Olympics defeat. But I knew I had a long time ahead as a badminton player and many other tournaments to play," Sony, this year's Indonesian Open champion, was quoted as saying in an AFP article.

"I have really worked hard in coming back. I have trained for three weeks to one month, hoping to face Chong Wei at this tournament and beat him no matter what.

"I set my targets at the Japan Open and the China Masters. I stayed focused but played in a calm and relaxed manner. I feel really happy to win here and prove that I'm not always less capable than Chong Wei."

Sony's chances of winning in China are enhanced by the fact that Olympic champion Lin Dan and Lee are giving this tournament a miss.

Lin was originally scheduled to play in his home event, having missed the Japan tournament, but eventually decided to sit out.

He said he was still recovering from his Olympic efforts as well as the post-Games celebrations.

Lee, who has yet to win a tournament in three stints as world number one, also pulled out of the China event, citing lack of form in the event.

He has also had a hectic post-Olympic period, having had to attend numerous functions all over Malaysia.

"I want to rest up and re-adjust myself before deciding when I play next," said Lee, who will also miss next week's Macau Open, a Grand Prix event.

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