by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by Yang Yang Badminton Equipment)

November 24, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - The young Peter Gade-Christensen of Denmark showed the badminton world more of his promising talents in Glasgow today when he disposed of China's Ji Xingpeng in the men's singles finals of the Scottish Open today.

Gade defeated Ji 15-8 and 15-10 to take the men's singles crown. As a testament to his growing skill as a badminton player, Gade completed the tournament without losing a single game.

In women's singles, Liu Lufang beat a tired-looking Wu Huimin 11-6 and 11-3 in an all-China final match. Liu also finished the tournament without dropping a single game.

The women's doubles final almost did not take place. Gillian Gowers of England, who has been partnering Joanne Goode in place of Julie Bradbury, was feeling ill earlier today and almost withdrew. However, she did play and the two English players pulled off an inspired first game win at 15-8 before succumbing to Qian Hong and Liu Lu of China in the next two, 3-15 and 5-15.

In the mixed doubles finals, the scratch pairing of Jens Olsson and Astrid Crabo of Sweden suprised many by defeating one of the top mixed doubles pairs in the world, Nick Ponting and Joanne Goode of England, 15-12, 11-15 and 15-8. Olsson is primarily a singles specialist and was too sick in the early part of the week to play in the men's singles event.

Thomas Stavngaard and Jim Laugesen of Denmark captured the men's doubles title with their finals victory over Ji Xingpeng and Chen Wei of China.