ASIAN PLAYERS PROMINENT IN WORLD JUNIORS SO FAR
Meulendijks of the Netherlands Survives Asian Singles Onslaught
by Mike Grossman (from information supplied by World Junior Championships Press Desk)
November 22, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - With the 1996 world junior
championships in Silkeborg, Denmark now at its final stages, the names of
Asian players are, as expected, prominent among those that have survived
into the quarterfinal round, specially in the singles events where 15 of
the 16 quarterfinalists come from Asian countries
Only Judith Meulendijks of the Netherlands has so far survived among
the non-Asian singles players. Meulendijks, seeded 3-4, beat the 9-16
seeded Korean Park Yoon Kyung, 11-3 and 11-3, to remain in the hunt
in the female singles event.
In the eighth-finals of the male singles event, top-seed Yudi Suprayogi
of Indonesia survived a tough match with the unseeded Yap Yong Guen of
Malaysia 12-15, 15-12 and 15-9. 5-8 seed Zhu Feng of China beat the
unseeded Ville Kinnunen of Finland 15-9 and 15-4. Suprayogi and Zhu
will face off in the quarterfinals later tonight.
The unseeded Park Tae Sang of Korea upended 3-4 seed Dicky Palyama of
the Netherlands 15-9 and 17-16 to set up a quarterfinal match with
5-8 seed Rony Agustinus of Indonesia. Agustinus came from behind to beat
unseeded Malaysian Lee Tsuen Seng 11-15, 15-7 and 15-8.
5-8 seed Xie Min of China defeated the promising 9-16 seed, Richard
Vaughan of Wales 15-10 and 15-12. Xie will face 3-4 seed Rudy Ignatius
of Indonesia 15-12, 9-15 and 15-12 survivor of a tough match over 9-16
seed James Chua Kie How of Malaysia.
Unseeded Indonesian Taufik Hidayat beat another non-seed, Abhinn Shyam
Gupta of India 15-11 and 15-11 to book a quarterfinal match against
second-seed Xia Xuanze of China. Xia defeated unseeded Malaysian Yeoh
Kay Bin in another tough match 15-8, 2-15 and 15-11.
Female singles top-seed Lee Kyong Won of Korea won her eighth-final
match against 9-16 seed Zhou Mi of China 11-3, 9-12 and 11-6. Lee
battles the unseeded but upset-minded Dwi Retna of Indonesia in the
quarterfinals. Retna had opened her run in the tourney by upending
the seeded Katja Wengberg of Sweden 11-7 and 11-5. She beat Corinne
Jorg of Switzerland 11-0 and 11-1 in her eighth-final match.
Aparna Popat, the suprising non-seed from India, beat the young Olympian
from Taiwan, Huang Chia-chi, 11-3, 7-11 and 11-9 to earn a quarterfinal
bout against Meulendijks.
Another non-seed, Gong Ruina of China, beat 9-16 seed Donna Kellogg of
England 11-1 and 11-3 in her round-of-16 match, while Peng Ju Ju of Taiwan,
also unseeded, defeated 3-4 seed Tine Rasmussen of Denmark in an exciting
see-saw battle 11-8, 7-11 and 12-11. Gong and Peng face each other in the
5-8 seed Lee Soon Deuk of Korea beat 9-16 seed Satomi Igawa of Japan 11-6
and 11-4. Her quarterfinal opponent will be second-seed Yu Hua of China
who beat unseeded Megan Heaney of New Zealand 11-1 and 11-4.
In male doubles, top-seeds Muljayaya and Saputra of Indonesia beat the
Tesches of Germany 15-6 and 15-8 to gain a quarterfinal berth. 5-8 seeds
Lee Sang Ki and Woo Hyun Ho of Korea squeezed past 9-16 seeds Henrik
Jeppesen and Kristian Langbak of Denmark 7-15, 17-15 and 15-11 and will
play the top-seeds next.
3-4 seeds Ove Svejstrup and Kasper Odum of Denmark beat back the challenge
of 9-16 seeds Isakkson and Holm of Sweden 15-6, 1-15 and 15-7 in their
eighth-final match. The 3-4 seeds will next face 9-16 seeds Chan Chong Ming
and Jeremy Gan Wye Teck of Malaysia. Chan and Gan had taken out the 5-8
seeds from China, Cheng Rui and Chen Qi Qiu, in their round-of-16 match
15-9 and 15-2.
5-8 seeds Tang Soo Sen and Yap Wee Meng will battle the unseeded Taiwanese
pair, Huang Shih Chung and Chien Yu Hsiu, in the quarters. Tang and Yap
beat 9-16 seeded Germans Rehan Khan and Mike Joppien 15-7 and 15-8 while
Huang and Chien pulled off a 6-15, 15-11 and 15-4 upset victory over 3-4
seeds Wang Wei and Wu Changqing of China.
Second-seeds Yim Bang Eun and Kim Yong Hyun of Korea and 5-8 seeds Tommy
Sorensen and Thomas Rojkjaer of Denmark make up the final matchup in the
male doubles quarterfinals. The Koreans beat Ohtsuka and Masuda of Japan
15-7 and 15-7 in their sweet sixteen match while the Danes defeated the
9-16 seeds, Noor and Edwin from Indonesia, 3-15, 15-3 and 15-6.
The female doubles quarterfinal matchups feature top-seeds Britta
Andersen and Jane Jacoby of Denmark versus 9-16 seeds Anita and Yunita
of Indonesia, 9-16 seeds Lee So Young and Park So Young of Korea versus
5-8 seeds Lu Ying and Zhan Yubin of China, 5-8 seeds Chung Jae Hee and
Yim Kyung Jin of Korea versus the unseeded Chor Hooi Yee and Lim Pek
Siah of Malaysia, and second-seeds Gao Ling and Yang Wei of China versus
9-16 seeds Ella Karachkova and Janna Chernenkaja of Russia.
In the female eighth-finals, Andersen and Jacoby beat Toongthongkam and
Boonyarak of Thailand 15-6 and 15-6, Anita and Yunita beat 5-8 seeds
Pintrowski and Peiffer of Germany 15-8 and 15-9, Lee and Park upset 3-4
seeds Kellogg and LeFeuvre of England 15-18, 15-8 and 15-7, Lu and Zhan
beat Nagamine and Igawa of Japan 15-6 and 15-11, Chung and Yim beat Teng
and Hsiao of Taiwan 15-5 and 15-5, Chor and Lim upset 3-4 seeds Line
Larsen and Tine Rasmussen of Denmark 8-15, 15-7 and 15-12, Karachkova and
Chernenkaja beat Marisa and Widowati of Indonesia 15-9 and 15-10, and
the pair of Gao and Yang beat 9-16 seeds Mori and Miyake of Japan 15-6
In mixed doubles, 3 pairs from China and 1 Indonesian team remain in
9-16 seeds Cheng Rui and Gao Ling, who had upset the top-seeds Kim and
Yim of Korea, 10-15, 15-12 and 15-12, in the round-of-16, beat 5-8 seeds
Kristian Langbak and Jane Bramsen of Denmark 15-12 and 15-12 to claim a
spot in the semifinals.
They will face compatriots Zhu Feng and Zhou Mi, seeded 3-4. Zhu and Zhou
defeated Muljayaya and Marisa of Indonesia 18-14 and 15-8.
The 3-4 seeds from Indonesia, Rizal Fadilalah and Neneng Setiawati beat
9-16 seeds Michael Jensen and Lene Mork of Denmark 15-5 and 15-10. Rizal
and Setiawati will meet the unseeded Wang Wei and Lu Ying of China in
the semifinals later tonight. Wang and Lu upset the second-seeds Ove
Svejstrup and Britta Andersen of Denmark in a tightly-contested quarterfinal
match 16-17, 15-11 and 15-9.
(New Shuttlenws will publish the main draw results of all the players and
pairs from all entered countries at the 1996 world junior championships on
http://www.badminton.org on Sunday, November 24).
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