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by rajes paul
Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto beat Holland's Eric Pang to reach the semi-fianls of the badminton World Championships in Denmark on Friday. - EPA
COPENHAGEN: Do not be deceived by Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto’s calm and composed appearance.
On court, the son of former world champion Icuk, is one great fighter and, on Friday, he showed the fire in his belly by staging a superb comeback from 11-19 in the second game to end the gallant run of 32-year-old Eric Pang of Holland with a 22-20, 21-19 win in the men’s singles quarter-finals.
Now, he is all fired up to take down second seed Chen Long of China in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Chen Long was almost sent packing but the world No. 2 recovered in time to douse the fire in South Korean Son Wan-ho with a 21-14, 12-21, 21-17 win in a one hour and 26 minutes quarter-final battle.
“I am delighted to reach the semi-finals. The lanky Eric has been going great guns here but I’m glad I came through,” said Tommy.
Tommy is determined to go all the way to emulate his father, who won the world title in Copenhagen in 1999.
“The match against Chen Long is going to be tough. He is the fancied player and his stamina is amazing. I have to be patient against him. If I can stay focused, I believe I can turn it around,” said Tommy.
“I am a quite person by nature and I guess that helps me to stay very focused on court.”
Four other players are fighting to win the two remaining spots in the semi-finals, with world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei facing Wang Zhengming of China and Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan taking on Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.
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