Paris: Former World and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia came back from the brink of defeat to book a place in the prequarterfinals of the World Championships here on Wednesday.
The fifth seed Indonesian, dug into his reserves to overcome a tenacious Hsieh Yu Hsin of Chinese Taipei 19-21, 21-19,21-9 at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium here.
The fact that he was the sole Indonesian left in the fray, following Simon Santoso’s decision to pull out of the second round due to a lower back injury, added more pressure on Taufik to deliver.
Taufik was left trailing 16-20 in the first set and though he staged a late rally to reduce the deficit to 19-20, he sent the shuttle out on the baseline to hand the first game to Hsieh.
“It was a good workout for me and I am looking towards the later stages of the tournament with renewed confidence,” he said.
Also booking his place in the third round in the men’s singles was Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh, who defeated Raul Must of Estonia 21-14,21-10 in 42 minutes.
Nguyen will take on either South Korea’s Park Sung Hwan or Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov in the third round.
“I have beaten him before but that means nothing now. It is the result of our match on Thursday that matters,” said Nguyen.
“It will be close no doubt, but my target is to make the last eight and you can expect me to run for every shot,” he added.
Nguyen is also looking at a good outing in the Asian Games after his first round exit in Doha four years ago where he was beaten by Simon Santoso.
“Making the quarterfinals here will no doubt give me the added confidence going into the Asian Games this November,” he said.