Santoso notched his second top-seeded victim in as many days to advance
to the semi-finals at the China Open Friday, as he ousted Danish ace
Peter Gade in three games.
"I'm happy because the last (time) I
met him in Japan I (lost). Many times I lose (to) him. And then I can
beat him, and win today," said the 26-year-old, after he dispatched with
the tournament's fourth seed, 15-21, 21-15, 21-16.
In thirteen previous head-to-heads over four and a half years, Santoso has beaten Gade just three times.
this week the 26-year-old Santoso is on fire, and Thursday he slayed
teammate Taufik Hidayat, the eighth seed, in another close three-game
"I just play and enjoy and relax and then I must (be)
confident because I'm the last Indonesian in singles," said Santoso, who
won many of his points against Gade with hard slams.
close, I must attack," Santoso said about his game strategy against
Gade, who struggled through earlier rounds in the tournament.
But against Santoso, the Danish shuttler started strongly and was destined for victory mid-way into the second game.
is a good player. When I'm not playing at my top speed, you know, he
can come into the match and he can do, he can play his game... It was
difficult coming into the match with two hard matches. I gave my best
and that's it."
As he left the court, the Dane put his hand up to
a cheering crowd, which, moments before had been chanting "Peter,
Peter" as he mounted an unsuccessful comeback in the third game.
the semi-finals on Saturday Santoso will face the winner of the
all-China showdown between second seed Chen Long and fifth seed Chen
"I try my best for tomorrow," Santoso said with a smile.
Meanwhile, Malaysia pair, Koo/Tan still could not answer to Korean secondary pair Ko/Yoo.Â They lost in three set 21-18 12-21 and 17-21.Â Will the new coach of this Malaysian pair be fired again from this repeat disappointing result?