WORLD CUP: HALL, ROSOBIN, DONG AND PARK INTO SEMIFINALS
Rexy and Sigit Down Cheah and Yap
by Martin Coe and Mike Grossman (from a report filed by J. Chang)
December 13, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - At the last day of the round-robin
first stage of the Sanyo World Cup invitational badminton tournament in
Jakarta, Indonesia, Darren Hall of England, Jeffer Rosobin of Indonesia,
Dong Jiong of China, and Park Sung Woo of Korea won their matches in the
men's singles event to gain entry into tomorrow's semifinals.
Darren Hall defeated Pang Chen of Malaysia 15-2 and 15-13 to finish the
first stage undefeated in Group A.
Rosobin who defeated the ailing Danish ace Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen yesterday
beat Jeroen van Dijk of the Netherlands to also complete the round-robin
undefeated in Group B. It was not an easy day for the Indonesian, however.
Although Rosobin took the first game handily 15-5 , van Dijk played with
determination in the second game, trying to avoid being totally without a
game win in the tournament. The Dutch player scrambled to win a close second
In the decider, Rosobin had a romp 15-3.
In the other Group B match, Hoyer-Larsen, still suffering from a stomach
ailment, lost to Lee Kwang Jin of Korea 15-8, 14-17 and 7-15.
In Group C, Dong Jiong, the 1996 Olympic silver medalist, beat the 1992
Olympic gold medalist, Alan Budikusuma of Indonesia, 15-8 and 15-13, to
also finish the first stage without any losses.
In Group D, Park Sung Woo of Korea defeated Ong Ewe Hock of Malaysia 15-4
and 15-3. Park, Ong and Jens Olsson of Sweden, a walkover victor today over
the ailing Martin Lundgaard Hansen of Denmark, all finished the first stage
with 2-win and 1-loss records. Park, who also had a walkover win yesterday,
took the semifinal berth by way of a better games won and lost record.
In women's singles, all the favorites qualified for tomorrow's semis with
victories today. Mia Audina of Indonesia beat Ann Sondergaard of Denmark
11-4 and 11-0. Wang Chen of China beat Christine Gandrup of Sweden 11-3 and
11-1. Ye Zhaoying of China had a walkover victory over the ailing Camilla
Martin of Denmark. Susi Susanti of Indonesia was tested by Gong Zhichao of
China, but the Indonesian player prevailed 11-5, 9-11 and 11-4.
In men's doubles Group A, Indonesians Rexy Mainaky and temporary partner
Sigit pulled off a surprise win over the group seeds Cheah Soon Kit and Yap
Kim Hock of Malaysia 7-15, 15-7 and 15-7 to go into the semifinals as the
Group A winner. Despite the loss, Cheah and Yap also are in the semis as
the group runner-up.
Sigit who is playing in place of an injured Ricky Sibagja and who was
reportedly picked by Indonesian doubles coach Christian Hadinata because
of his ability to control the net play against Yap Kim Hock played well,
while Yap was said to be suffering from a back injury and was not as mobile.
In Group B, Denny Kantono and Antonius of Indonesia beat Russians Andrej
Antropov and Nikolaj Zuev 15-6 and 15-6 to finish the first stage with a
clean slate. The Russians, with 2 previous wins, took second place and a
spot in the semifinals.
In women's doubles Group A, Qin Yiyuan and Tang Yongshu of China knocked
the seeded Indonesian pair of Indarti Isoliana and Denyana Lomban out of the
running with a 15-8, 15-2 victory, while in Group B, Ge Fei and Gu Jun, also
from China, defeated Indonesians Eliza and Rosiana Zelin 15-6 and 15-10 for
the group leadership.
In mixed doubles, China's Chen Xingdong and Peng Xingyong took the Group A
pennant by beating Indonesians Sandiarto and Minarti Timur 15-12 and 15-10,
while in Group B, Michael Sogaard of Denmark, helped by several bottles of
Gatorade and partner Rikke Olsen, fought off a stomach disorder, dehydration
and the Indonesian pair of Nimpele Flandy and Rosalina Riseu to claim the
group winner's spot in the semifinals with a 15-11 and 15-11 win.
Tomorrow's semifinals, which is being televised in China, Malaysia,
Singapore, Philippines, Australia and Russia (delayed telecast in some
countries), as well as on satellite and cable throughout Asia by ESPN-Asia,
Darren Hall - England vs Jeffer Rosobin - Indonesia
Dong Jiong - China vs Park Sung Woo - Korea
Mia Audina - Indonesia vs Wang Chen - China
Ye Zhaoying - China vs Susi Susanti - Indonesia
Rexy Mainaky/Sigit - Indonesia vs Andrej Antropov/Nikolaj Zuev - Russia
Denny Kantono/Antonius - Indonesia vs Cheah Soon Kit/Yap Kim Hock - Malaysia
Qin Yiyuan/Tang Yongshu - China vs Eliza/Rosiana Zelin - Indonesia
Ge Fei/Gu Jun - China vs Kim Mee Hyang/Kim Shin Young - Korea
Chen Xingdong/Peng Xingyong - China vs Nimpele Flandy/Rosalina Riseu - Indonesia
Michael Sogaard/Rikke Olsen - Denmark vs Sandiarto/Minarti Timur - Indonesia
Results of other matches today:
Fung Permadi - Chinese Taipei beat Chen Gang - China 15-7, 17-15
Soren Nielsen - Denmark beat Oliver Pongratz - Germany 17-14, 15-7
Simon Archer/Chris Hunt - England beat Peter Axelsson/Par-Gunnar Jonsson - Sweden in walkover (unconfirmed)
Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah - Malaysia beat Tao Xiaoqiang/Ge Cheng - China 15-13, 15-12
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