Hong Kong put up a brave fight in their debut appearance in group one of the Sudirman Cup despite losing 4-1 to favourites Indonesia at the Beijing Capital Gymnasium last night. Although the SAR team, who were promoted to the elite group after finishing first in group two in the last event two years ago, managed one victory in their opening group 1B match, they did give the opposition some hard times, especially in the two men's events. 'I am satisfied with the overall performance of the players and since this was only the first game of the tournament, they should be able to improve in the later stages,' said Hong Kong team head coach Chan Chi-choi last night. 'Ng Wei did very well in the men's singles. Against the reigning Olympic champion, he displayed some fine attacking skills and was able to take one set. The men's doubles team also had a good game. They were a bit unlucky to lose after deuce in the second set.' Hong Kong will play China in their second group 1B match today, but coach Chan admitted the hosts would be too strong. 'We may keep some of our top players on the bench so that we can field them again for the crucial match against Sweden in the final group match on Thursday,' added the coach. Hong Kong and Sweden are considered the weakest teams in the group and will have to battle for a place to remain in the elite group. Hong Kong had a poor start when Albertus Njoto and Li Wing-mui lost in the opening mixed doubles. Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir, semi-finalists in the All England Open in March, finished off the Hong Kong duo with an easy victory 15-3, 15-3. In the second tie, Ng Wei failed to start well against Olympic men's singles gold medallist Taufil Hidayat, losing in a quick fire set 15-5. However, the Hong Kong number one improved his defence and came back strongly to take the second set 15-13. Hidayat upped the tempo in the deciding rubber and built up a 13-0 lead, leaving no chance for Ng. The Indonesian wrapped up the tie in 76 minutes with a 15-9 win in the third set to give Indonesia an overall 2-0 lead. Hong Kong number one women's singles Wang Chen had little difficulty in overcoming Fransisca Haris in the following game. Wang, ranked fifth in the world, outclassed her opponent in every department with an 11-8, 11-3 win to pull one game back for Hong Kong. Having lost in the opening tie, Njoto teamed up with Liu Kwok-wa trying to make amends in the men's doubles. They put up a good fight against the Indonesian pair of Candra Wijaya, the 2000 Olympic Games doubles champion and Sigit Budiartom. Njoto and Liu lost the opening set 15-5, but they improved tremendously in the following set and had built up an 8-4 lead before their opponents fought back to 14-14. However, Indonesian pair, ranked fifth in the world, were able to use their powerful smash to win 17-16 and clinch the tie for Indonesia. In the routine women's doubles, Jo Novita and Gresya Polii beat Hong Kong's Li and Koon Wai-chee in three sets 15-12, 12-15, 15-5.