UPSETS CONTINUE AT JAPAN OPEN: HOYER AND SIDEK OUSTED
from reports filed by YANG YANG BADMINTON EQUIPMENT
January 16, 1997 (New Shuttlenws) - The wave of shocks and upsets at the
five-star Japan Open badminton tournament continued today as the two
Olympic men's singles medalists remaining in contention were defeated by
Olympic gold medalist Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark, seeded 3-4 here,
went down to defeat to the 9-16 seeded Park Sung Woo of Korea in today's
round-of-16 matchup. Hoyer had started out well and seemed to have the match
in hand when he took the first game 15-8. Park changed tactics in the second
and started to play Hoyer's game with more soft drops and net shots. The
tactical change worked as Park induced Hoyer into errors or poor retrieves
and returns. Park took the next two games 15-7 and 15-8.
Olympic silver medalist Rashid Sidek of Malaysia, seeded second here, lost
to the youthful Danish player, Peter Gade-Christensen in another round-of-16
matchup. Gade, who won the men's singles title in last week's Taipei Open,
continued to be in form, despite a painful right shoulder. He outlasted a
tiring Sidek in the first, 18-15 and then overwhelmed him in the second,
Olympic silver medalist Dong Jiong of China, the top-seed here, was
eliminated yesterday in the round-of-32 by the comebacking Ardy Wiranata of
Indonesia. Wiranata, playing in only his second tournament since getting
sick with hepatitis A in mid-1996, used his defensive ability and patient
rallying play to negate the strong Dong Jiong smash attack in his 18-13
and 15-6 upset of the top seed yesterday.
Wiranata continued to stay in the hunt, winning his round-of-16 match
today against Henrik Bengtsson of Sweden. It was not an easy win though for
the Indonesian player. It took Wiranata a little over an hour to overcome
the spirited play of Bengtsson. Wiranata lost the first game to the Swede
8-15 and then scrambled to win the second 15-9. In the decider, Wiranata
was in full control, winning 15-2.
In another men's singles upset, Peter Rasmussen of Denmark defeated the
9-16 seeded Luo Yigang of China 15-10 and 15-3.
Other round-of-16 men's singles winners were:
5-8 seed Alan Budi Kusuma of Indonesia who barely prevailed over the 9-16
seed Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen of Denmark 15-13, 17-18 and 15-13,
Jeroen van Dijk of the Netherlands who beat Henrik Sorensen of Denmark
15-10, 9-15 and 15-6,
5-8 seed Indra Wijaya of Indonesia who beat the 9-16 seeded Chen Gang of
China 15-9 and 15-5,
9-16 seed Budi Santoso of Indonesia who came back from a first-game loss to
defeat Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark 12-15, 15-2 and 15-6.
In women's singles, all the remaining seeds came thru although top-seeded
Mia Audina had to contend with tough opposition from Marina Andrievskaya
of Sweden. Audina lost a tight first game to the Russian-born Swedish player
10-12 before climing victory with 11-7 and 11-2 wins in the next two games.
Other women's singles winners were:
5-8 seed Zhang Ning of China who beat Kyoko Komuro of Japan 11-5 and 12-11,
3-4 seed Ye Zhaoying of China who beat Takako Ida of Japan 11-4 and 11-7,
Ra Kyung Min of Korea who beat Julia Mann of England 11-2 and 11-1,
Lee Joo Hyun of Korea who beat Charmaine Reed of Canada 11-7 and 11-4,
3-4 seed Camilla Martin of Denmark who beat Hisako Mizui of Japan 11-7 and
5-8 seed Kim Ji Hyun of Korea who beat Kanako Yonekura of Japan 11-4 and
Second seed Gong Zhichao of China who beat Yasuko Mizui of Japan 11-3 and
In men's doubles round-of-16 action, all the remaining seeds also came
thru with victories.
Top-seeds Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky of Indonesia eliminated Tao
Xiaoqiang and Ge Cheng of China 15-7 and 15-5, while second-seeds Cheah
Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock of Malaysia beat Kenneth Jonassen and Jan
Jorgensen of Denmark 15-2 and 18-13.
3-4 seeds Sigit Budiarto and Chandra Wijaya of Indonesia prevailed over
the top Swedish pair of Peter Axelsson and Par-Gunnar Jonsson 18-14, 9-15
and 15-7. The other 3-4 seeds Antonius Iriantho and Denny Kantono had an
easier time against Takuya Katayama and Yuzo Kubota of Japan 15-9 and 15-11.
The three remaining 5-8 seeds also won. Ha Tae Kwon and Kang Kyung Jin of
Korea beat Sudhisodhi and Siripool of Thailand 15-8 and 15-7. Thomas Lund
and Jon Holst-Christensen of Denmark swamped Olynyk and Sydie of Canada
15-2 and 15-4, and the Chinese pair of Zhang Wei and Liu Yong defeated
Matsuda and Ohtsuka of Japan 15-8 and 15-4.
Thailanders Kitikul Kitipon and Pramote Teerawiwatana, upset winners
yesterday over 5-8 seeds Rudy Wijaya and Tony Gunawan of Indonesia, were
eliminated by Simon Archer and Chris Hunt of England 6-15 and 11-15.
In women's doubles, the 5-8 seeded Danish pair of Majken Vange and Ann
Jorgensen were upset by Takae Masumo and Chikako Nakayama of Japan 12-15
and 5-15 in the round-of-16.
Top seeds Rosiana Zelin and Eliza of Indonesia had a tough match against
the Taipei Open winners, Park Soo Yun and Yim Kyung Jin of Korea. The two
pairs split the first two games with the Indonesians taking the first at
15-9 and the Koreans the second at 15-10. The third game was a battle-royale
with Zelin and Eliza edging out Park and Yim 18-17.
Second seeds Ge Fei and Gu Jun of China were barely tested as they walloped
Reid and Julien of Canada 15-1 and 15-0.
3-4 seeds Tang Yongshu and Qin Yiyuan of China beat the Mizui sisters from
Japan, Hisako and Yasuko, 15-3 and 15-6.
The other 3-4 seeds, Marlene Thomsen and Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen of Denmark,
ended Indonesian singles ace Susi Susanti's run at the women's doubles event
here when they defeated her and partner Finarsih in three games. The Danes
and the Indonesians battled to a 14-all tie in the first game before Thomsen
and Stuer managed to prevail 17-14. Susanti and Finarsih stormed back to
win the second 15-9. In the third, the Danes got their bearings back and were
in full control, winning easily 15-2.
Mixed doubles play got underway with first-round action. All the seeds who
were in action today won.
Top-seeds Tri Kusheryanto and Minarti Timur of Indonesia had a bye. Second
seeds Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen of Denmark defeated Canadians Iain
Sydie and Denyse Julien 15-9 and 15-6. 3-4 seeds Chen Xingdong and Peng
Xingyong beat Hirai and Kida of Japan 15-11 and 15-5, and the other 3-4
seeds, Nimpele Flandy and Rosalina Riseu of Indonesia eliminated Miya and
Matsuo of Japan 15-8 and 15-6.
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