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Sony Crashes Out to Chetan in Denmark

Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro's hopes of winning a fourth title for the season were dashed when he was beaten in the second round of the Danish Open Super Series in Odense.

Sony suffered a stunning 21-18, 21-18 defeat to India's in-form player Chetan Anand, who went on to reach the quarter-finals.

The fourth-seeded Sony has started the competition in confident mood, brushing aside Japan's Kenichi Taho 21-11, 21-19 in the opening round.

But Chetan, who had won the Czech Open in his previous tournament and was unseeded in Denmark, enhanced his reputation as a future star with a surprisingly comfortable victory over the Indonesian former Olympic bronze medal.

Sony had gone into the tournament as one of the form players on the circuit, having won post-Olympic tournaments in China and Japan.

Before the Beijing Games, where he reached the quarter-finals, Sony also won his home tournament, the Indonesian Open.

Sony had even opened up a 13-9 lead over Chetan in the first game and appeared to be cruising.

But the Indian, who was trailing 4-0 at the start, went on a four-point run to level the scores and then went ahead for the first time at 15-14.

The second game was tighter until Chetan won four points in a row to lead 15-12, after which he was never really troubled by Sony.

Malaysia's Wong Choon Hang, unseeded in Denmark, also suffered an early exit, losing to home player Joachim Persson in the second round.

Wong struggled in his first-round match against Indian qualifier Anand Pawar, needing three games to win 17-21, 21-12, 21-18.

He was no match for Persson in the second round, going down 21-14, 21-18.

Sixth-seeded Indonesian Simon Santoso withdrew from the event at the eleventh hour, giving Poland's Przemyslaw Wacha a walkover in the first round.

The Pole took full advantage of the situation to move into the quarter-finals after beating Canadian qualifier Bobby Milroy 21-11, 21-19 in his second round match.

In the women's singles, Olympic bronze medalist Maria Kristin Yulianti made second-seeded Chinese woman Lu Lan fight for every point as she went down 21-19, 12-21, 21-16 in their second-round match.

Home favourite and third seed Tine Rasmussen ended the hopes of China's rising star Wang Yihan with a 21-6, 21-15 first-round victory.

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