SIDEK STRUGGLES PAST INDON SECOND TEAMER
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by J.Chang)
November 13, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - The 3-4 seeded Rashid Sidek of
Malaysia was put through a grueling test of stamina and intestinal
fortitude today by the young Indonesian player, Rosobin Jeffer, in
a round-of-16 men's singles match at the badminton Thailand Open.
In a match that lasted over 100 minutes, Sidek was stretched by the
Indonesian second team player over three games.
Sidek easily won the first game 15-7 and was in a position to close
out the match in the second. The Malaysian was at match point 14-10
but the gritty Jeffer took four points from a tiring Sidek to send the
game into a three-point setting.
The two exchanged points in the setting, 16-16, until Jeffer managed
to tally the game-winner.
In the third game, Jeffer stormed to an early 7-0 lead before Sidek was
able to mount a comeback. Jeffer still held the upper hand, though, and
reached match point at 14-12.
The young Indonesian served for the match four times but was unable to
capitalize. He made several errors and allowed Sidek to knot the game up
In the setting that followed, the Malaysian dominated the disheartened and
erratic Jeffer and scored the needed three points to win at 17-14.
Sidek's win puts him in the quarterfinals where he will face Thomas
Stuer-Lauridsen of Denmark.
In other developments, top-seeded men's doubles pair Cheah Soon Kit and
Yap Kim Hock of Malaysia withdrew from the tourney prior to the first
match. Yap is reportedly unable to play because of a pulled stomach
Top-seeded women's doubles pair Rosiana Zelin and Eliza also pulled out
of the tourney prior to the first match. Eliza took ill reportedly with
a bad reaction to some medication and had to be flown home immediately.
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