GRAND PRIX FINALS: PERMADI AND SUSI SINGLES CHAMPIONS
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by Deo and Joppy Fontanilla)
December 8, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Fung Permadi of Chinese Taipei,
a former member of the Indonesian national badminton squad, today reached
one of the peaks in the sport when he won the men's singles championship
of the 1996 World Grand Prix Finals in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.
The Grand Prix Finals is the year-ending tournament of champions and
top performers on badminton's top-of-the-ladder professional circuit,
the Grand Prix.
Permadi defeated the young Chinese player, Sun Jun, 15-12 and 15-8 in
today's tournament finale.
The match did not start out well for Permadi as the fleet-footed Sun
covered the court well. Sun was ahead 7-4 in the first game when disaster
struck the Chinese player.
Sun slipped during a rally and twisted his right knee badly. The injury
seemed to hamper Sun's game from that point on as he was no longer as
mobile on the court and he no longer had the speed and quickness advantage
The young Chinese player did play on through the pain but Permadi started
to take advantage of Sun's injury . The Taipei player began to stretch his
shots to areas just beyond Sun's reduced range or to spots that would induce
a poor return or an error.
Permadi caught up to Sun and passed him to win the first 15-12.
The second was more of the same with Permadi winning 15-8.
The victory caps the best year for the Indonesian veteran player who now
plays for the Chinese Taipei badminton association. A second-stringer on
the Indonesian team in years past, Permadi has benefitted from being
sent to play in more international tournaments as a player for Taipei.
He won the China and Hong Kong Opens this year as well as had several
Permadi's Grand Prix Finals championship also adds more glory to the
Chinese Taipei badminton association's year. At the world junior
championships last month in Denmark, a Chinese-Taipei male doubles
pair finished with a silver medal ahead of the favored Indonesians,
Chinese and Koreans.
In the women's singles finale, Susi Susanti of Indonesia trounced the
current world champion, Ye Zhaoying of China, 11-4 and 11-1.
The Chinese player was never in the match. Already saddled with the
dubious reputation of playing very poorly in championship matches, Ye
seemed unnerved by the almost vehemently pro-Susi Indonesian crowd and
played sluggishly and erratically.
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