Indonesia’s ace shuttler Taufik Hidayat secured his berth in Men’s Singles round-of-16 after ousting Australia’s James Eunson in the second round of 2012 Australian Open GP Gold in Australia, on Wednesday, April 4.
Taufik, who has been placed at number 11 in world rankings and is the fifth seed in Australian Open, lived up to expectations as he did not face any trouble in the second-round clash and wrapped up victory over his local rival in an inspiring fashion.
The Indonesian did not waste any time in the court as he took just 21 minutes to give Eunson a severe lesson and ended the match in straight games.
On the other hand, Eunson was no match to mighty Taufik as the Australian remained struggling against the perfect play of the Indonesian throughout the contest.
In the opening set, a relaxed Taufik controlled the pace of rallies from the starting points and kept his Australian opponent moving around in all corners of the court.
He was quite comfortable and smooth in his movement in all areas of the court and easily set up a comfortable lead until the mid-game interval in first set.
After the break, Eunson tried to play better badminton but failed to match the standard of his Indonesian opponent who is also former Olympic and World Champion.
Taufik was on track in the concluding half and easily bagged the set in a completely one-sided fashion by a 21-6 score on the board.
In the second set, Eunson became a little quicker in opening rallies and tried to match the speed of his opponent.
However, he failed to play well at net as his opponent was flawless in this area.
Taufik executed wonderful net shots and kept his rival moving around. He progressed in the game while remaining far ahead on the score board. He took a striking lead until the one-minute break.
After the interval, the Indonesian did not show any mercy to Eunson and rushed towards the end of the game. He did not take much time in ending the second set with a sensational margin of 21-10.
Taufik overpowered Eunson in straight games in just 21 minutes with an overall 21-6 and 21-10 score on the board.