TOP SEEDS FALL ON TWO CONTINENTS
by Mike Grossman (from reports filed by YANG YANG Badminton Equipment)
November 21, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Top-seeded players in two different
international badminton tournaments on two continents were upset earlier
In Ho Chi Minh City, Hermawan Susanto of Indonesia, an Olympic bronze
medalist in 1992 and a world championship silver medalist in 1993, was
beaten in a second round men's singles match at the Vietnam Open by
Malaysian second-stringer Jason Wong, 18-13 and 15-5.
Meanwhile, in Glasgow, Scotland, Marina Andrievskaya of Sweden, seeded
first in women's singles at the Scottish Open tournament of the European
Badminton Union, was eliminated by the youthful Chinese lefthander, Wu
Huimin, in the first round, 11-7 and 11-5.
In other men's singles matches at Ho Chi Minh City, Xiao Ting of China
beat Wong Choon Hann of Malaysia 12-15, 15-8 and 15-5, while Hendrawan
of Indonesia beat Ng Kean Koh of Malaysia 15-6 and 15-5. Chinese player
Yan Wei beat George Rimarodi of Indonesia 15-6 and 15-3. Nunong Subandoro
of Indonesia beat Kim Yong Gil of Korea 15-5 and 15-4. Lo Ah Heng of
Malaysia defeated Natapol of Thailand 15-9 and 15-10. Tam Kai Chuen of
Hong Kong beat Irwansyah of Indonesia 18-15 and 15-9, and Rosobin Jeffer
of Indonesia defeated Chang Wim Kai of Malaysia 15-8 and 15-4.
In women's singles, Philippine Olympian Amparo Lim beat Lam Ai Thuy of
Vietnam 11-7 and 11-1, while compatriot Kennie Asuncion upended Ng Ching
of Hong Kong 12-10, 8-11 and 11-7. Hisako Mizui of Japan beat Nguyen Thi
Thien of Vietnam 11-1 and 12-9, while her sister, Yasuko, won over Thai
player Nucharee 11-1 and 11-3. Choi Ma Ree of Korea beat Lee Yin Yin of
Malaysia 11-5 and 11-7. Sun Jian of China beat Chung Jung Hee of Korea
11-4 and 11-3. Lydia Djaelawidjaya of Indonesia took her match against
Le Thi Kim of Vietnam when Le was injured in the second game; the Indon
player was ahead 11-1 and 7-4 when the match was stopped.
In men's doubles, Sutrisna and Wibowo of Indonesia beat Ng Kean Koh and
Foo Yoon Keong of Malaysia 15-1 and 15-3. Pang Cheh Chang and Lee Chee
Leong of Malaysia beat Phan Le The Thang and Nguyen Phu Cuong of Vietnam
15-1 and 15-7.
Malaysians Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook defeated Pichet and Natapol
of Thailand 15-2 and 15-4. With the victory, Lee and Choong inched closer
to confirming a place in the upcoming World Grand Prix Finals and
dislodging Simon Archer and Chris Hunt of England from the last qualifying
In women's doubles, Zeng Yaqiong and Sun Jian of China beat the Mizui
sisters 14-18, 17-14 and 18-14. Finarsih and Djaelawijaya of Indonesia
defeated Vo and Le from Vietnam 15-4 and 15-5.
In the withdrawal-plagued men's singles draw in Glasgow, top-seeded men's
singles player Peter Gade Christensen of Denmark beat Chen Wei of China 15-9
and 15-9 in a second round match. Pontus Jantti of Finland upset Jesper
Olsson of Sweden 18-13 and 15-8, while Henrik Bengtsson of Sweden beat
Richard Doling of England 15-7 and 15-9.
Peter Knowles of England and Ji Xingpeng of China also won their first
and second round matches to gain the quarterfinals. Knowles beat Nielsen
of Iceland and Mailer of Scotland, while Ji eliminated Wapp of Switzerland
and Janum of Denmark.
Three seeded men's singles players had earlier withdrawn from the tourney.
Second-seed Jens Olsson from Sweden has a bad cold. Martin Lundgaard
Hansen of Denmark and Thomas Johanssen of Sweden also pulled out for
In Scottish Open women's singles action, Anne Gibson of Scotland, Liu
Yufang of China and Karolina Ericcson of Sweden qualified for the
quarterfinals together with Wu Huimin. Liu beat Ireland's Sandra McGinn
11-6 and 11-1, Ericsson beat Sandra Watt of Scotland 4-11, 11-4 and 11-3,
and Borg defeated Gillian Martin of Scotland 11-1 and 11-2.
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