by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by YANG YANG Badminton Equipment)

October 27, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Danish players Thomas Lund and Jon Holst-Christensen defeated Victo Wibowo and Seng Kok Keong of Indonesia today in Saarbrucken, Germany to claim the men's doubles championship of the badminton German Open.

The top-seeded Danes overcame stiff opposition from the Wibowo-Seng combo in the first game and won it at 15-11.

The Indonesians managed to catch Lund and Holst in the second and turned the tables on the Danish pair with some exciting but tiring exchanges. Lund and Holst dropped the second game 11-15.

Their efforts in the second game apparently exhausted the Indonesians as they had no gas left in their game in the decider. The Danes had an easy time of it, winning at 15-3.

In the other championship matches today, Rashid Sidek of Malaysia beat compatriot and training partner Ong Ewe Hock 15-11 and 15-2 to take the men's singles championship.

Yao Jie of China captured the women's singles title with an easy 11-1 and 11-1 win over Margit Borg of Sweden.

Denyana Lomban and Isoliana Indarti of Indonesia won a thriller women's doubles finals match with Eline Coene and Erica van den Heuvel of the Netherlands, 18-15 and 18-13.

In the mixed doubles finals played on Saturday, Indonesian mixed doubles specialist Trikus Heryanto and partner Minarti Timur easily defeated the surprise finalists Jens Ericsen and Anne Mette Bille, 15-1 and 15-6 to give the Indonesian contingent the first of its two 1996 German Open crowns.

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