LIN LIWEN WINS NORWEGIAN INTERNATIONAL TITLE
by Mike Grossman (from reports filed by Michael Dahl and YANG YANG Badminton Equipment)
Noevember 10, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - The highly ranked Lin Liwen of
China defeated Henrik Bengtsson of Sweden in the men's singles
championship match of the Norwegian International badminton tournament
in Sandefjord, Norway today.
The men's singles finals match had its fair share of excitement as
Bengtsson gave Lin a tough time in the first 4 games before running out
of steam in the fifth and deciding setto.
(The tournament was being played under the experimental 5x9 scoring
system where a match is played on a best of 5 9-point games. In the
Norwegian 5x9 system, when both players or pairs are tied at game point,
there is no setting, badminton's equivalent of the tennis tie-break.)
Lin dropped the first game to Bengtsson, 7-9, and then won the next
one 9-6. The third one game was tightly contested with Lin eking out
the win at 9-8. Bengtsson managed to stay in the match by taking the
fourth game 9-5.
The decider was all Lin's though as he ran away with the game, winning
In the women's singles finals, the ever-improving Kelly Morgan of Wales
beat the favored Marina Andrievskaya of Sweden 9-5, 9-0, 4-9 and 9-8.
In the men's doubles championship match, the unrelated Robertsons from
England, Nathan and Julian, defeated Henrik Andersson and Johan Tholinsson
of Sweden in straight games 9-2, 9-8 and 9-3.
The women's doubles title was won by Mette Schjoldager and Pernille
Harder of Denmark with their 4-9, 9-0, 9-7 and 9-8 victory over the
Swedish pair of Johanna Holgersson and Jenny Karlsson.
Julian Robertson added the mixed doubles title to his men's doubles
success when he and compatriot Gail Emms beat Jonas Rasmussen and Ann-Lou
Jorgensen of Denmark 9-6, 2-9, 9-5 and 9-5 in the finals.
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