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Sony Wins Second Straight Title

In-form Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro claimed his second big-name scalp in successive weeks to win the China Masters Super Series tournament over the weekend.

The Olympic quarter-finalist beat his Beijing conqueror and world number one Lee Chong Wei, of Malaysia, to win the Japan Open the previous week.

And he followed up with another confident victory, this time beating home favourite and fourth seed Chen Jin, the world number four, 21-19, 21-18 in the men's singles final.

It was an impressive performance from the fifth-seeded Sony, who defeated China's world number three Bao Chunlai in three games in the semi-finals.

In the past two weeks he has beaten three of the world's top four players. The only player he didn't face was China's Olympic champion and world number two Lin Dan, who is still resting after his gold medal-winning performance in Beijing last month.

It was also Sony's third major title of the year, having won the Indonesian Open during the summer, making him the most successful men's singles player on the circuit this season.

The 24-year-old earlier, a bronze medallist at the 2004 Athens Games, talked about the heartbreak of his last-eight loss to Lee at the Olympics.

And he is determined to overcome that defeat and aim for more titles.

Sony was quoted as saying: "I hope this can lead to higher achievements. There are two important tournaments next year in which I want to do well, the world championships and the All England championships."

Olympic silver medallist Lee and Lin were originally entered for the main draw but withdrew at the last minute.

Sony's victory now ensures that he is Indonesia's leading men's singles player and the successor to 2004 Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat.

Taufik played in the China Masters but only made it as far as the quarter-finals, where he was beaten in straight games by Bao.

Sony started the week with a opening-round victory over Eric Pang before sweeping aside England's Andrew Smith 21-14, 21-12.

He then faced his toughest match, beating Bao 21-13, 12-21, 21-15 before getting the better of Olympic bronze medallist Chen in the final.

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