STUER AND FUNG GAIN HONG KONG OPEN SEMIS
Susi Makes It to Women's Doubles Semis
by Mike Grossman (from reports filed by YANG YANG Badminton Equipment)
November 8, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - The two remaining top-seeds in the
men's singles event at the badminton Hong Kong Open both won their
quarterfinal matches today to remain in the hunt for the championship.
3-4 seed Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen of Denmark beat a scrappy Indra Wijaya
of Indonesia in a tightly contested three-gamer, 15-10, 16-18 and 15-12.
The other 3-4 seed, Fung Permadi from the Chinese Taipei badminton
organization, had an easier match with Soren Nielsen of Denmark, winning
at 15-6 and 15-7.
Stuer and Permadi are the highest men's singles seeds left in the
tourney. The top-seed, Rashid Sidek of Malaysia, had withdrawn before
the first match due to illness while second-seed Ong Ewe Hock of
Malaysia is still recuperating from an injury.
In the semifinals, Stuer will face off against a dangerous player in the
Indonesian Salim. At the China Open last week, Salim had upset Dong Jiong
of China, the Olympic silver medalist and tournament top-seed. Salim
beat qualifier Wong Choon Hann of Malaysia 15-3 and 15-3 to book his
place in the semifinals.
Permadi, the China Open champion, tangles with young Budi Santoso of
Indonesia, the 15-7, 15-8 winner over Deepankar Bhattacharya of India
in his quarterfinal match.
In women's singles, the first and second seeds both went through to the
semifinals. The tournament favorite, Mia Audina of Indonesia, beat Lee
Joo Hyun of Korea with ease, 11-6 and 11-1, while second-seed Camilla
Martin also had an easy quarterfinal outing against Cindana of Indonesia,
winning at 11-2 and 11-2.
Audina will face Kim Ji Hyun of Korea in one semifinal. This encounter
will be a rematch of two Atlanta Olympic Games semifinalists. Audina had
come out the winner then and is favored to repeat against the Korean.
Kim had defeated Brenda Beenhakker of the Netherlands in her quartefinal
match 11-4 and 11-5.
Martin will battle Ra Kyung Min of Korea in the other semifinal. The 5-8
seeded Ra had beaten the 3-4 seed, Meiluawati of Indonesia, 11-1 and 11-7,
to earn the right to play in the semis.
In women's doubles, Susi Susanti of Indonesia, a premier women's singles
player, made it into her first Grand Prix tournament semifinals in the
event. Susi and compatriot Finarsih beat Peng Jie and Cheng Jiao of China
in their quarterfinal match, 7-15, 15-6 and 15-3.
The Danish pair of Marlene Thomsen and Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen defeated
Carmelita and Nonong of Indonesia 15-11 and 15-3 to also qualify for the
semifinals. 3-4 seeds Isoliana Indarti and Denyana Lomban of Indonesia
also made the semis with their 15-10, 14-18 and 15-4 win over Koreans
Park Soo Yun and Kim Mee Hyang.
In UNCONFIRMED mixed doubles quarterfinals results, Jens Eriksen and
Marlene Thomsen of Denmark are reported to have upset the top-seeds
Limpele Flandy and Rosalina Riseu, 15-9 and 15-12.
Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen of Denmark, the second-seeds, made the
semifinals where they will play Imam Tohari and Erma Ermawati of Indonesia,
the 15-12 and 18-13 quarterfinal victors over Que Ning and Chai Jian of
3-4 seeds Peter Axelsson and Catrine Bengtsson beat Lee Dong Soo and
Park Soo Yun of Korea, 12-15, 15-10 and 15-10, to take the fourth
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