DENMARK'S AND CHINA'S FUTURE STARS TO BATTLE FOR SCOT TITLE
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by Yang Yang Badminton Equipment)
November 23, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Two of the stars of the near-future
will battle for the men's singles championship of the badminton Scottish
Open tomorrow. Denmark's Peter Gade-Christensen and China's Ji Xingpeng
both won their semifinal matches today to set up a clash between the two
Gade, who has been in top form this week, outplayed compatriot Anders
Boesen, 15-4 and 15-10, while Ji had to beat back a second-game challenge
from Henrik Bengtsson of Sweden.
After easily winning the first game 15-2, Ji had to scramble back from
an 8-12 deficit in the second to force a setting or tie-break at 14-all.
In the setting, Ji had the momentum on his side and he scored the 5
points he needed to win while allowing the Swede to tally only one marker.
In the women's singles finals, it will be an all-China affair with Liu
Lufang and Wu Huimin both defeating their semifinal opponents from
Liu outpointed Sweden's Margit Borg 11-2 and 11-6 while Wu had problems
against Mette Sorensen of Denmark.
Wu took the first game 11-5 but struggled in the second, finally dropping
the game in a setting 9-12. She managed to gain her wind and game back in
the third to win 11-5.
Ji also booked a place in the men's doubles finals when he and Chen Wei
defeated the top-seeds Jesper Larsen and Peder Nissen of Denmark, 15-11,
4-15 and 15-10.
In the finals, Ji and Chen will face the Danish Open champions Jim
Laugessen and Thomas Stavngaard of Denmark.
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