INDIAN OPEN: A BAD DRAW FOR TOP-SEEDED HOYER
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February 11, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Olympic men's singles champion Poul-Erik
Hoyer-Larsen has been seeded first at the four-star Indian Open badminton
tournament that takes place in New Delhi this week, but this top-seeding
may not do the Danish player any good. The Olympic champion has drawn the
comebacking Indonesian ace Ardy Wiranata for his opening match and Hoyer will
definitely need to be in good form early in this tourney if he is to fulfil
his top billing.
The other men's singles seeds have relatively lighter opening assignments.
Second-seed Hendrawan of Indonesia plays Jason Wong of Malaysia, while 1995
world champion Heryanto Arbi of Indonesia, seeded a joint 3-4, faces Rajeev
Bagga of India. The Indonesian Dwi Aryanto, the other 3-4 seed, meets
Gopichand of India.
Because there are only 20 entries in the men's singles event, only four
players have been seeded.
The other events also have attracted small fields. The women's singles
only has 14 entries led by Cindana of Indonesia, currently world-ranked in the
low 20's, and Jo Muggeridge of England, world-ranked in the 30's. Cindana
and Muggeridge are the only seeded women's singles players.
The men's doubles event only has a field of 12 pairs. Aras Razak and Hadi
Sugianto of Indonesia are the top-seeds, while Yap Yee Hup and Yap Yee Guan
from Malaysia have been picked second. Both pairs are world-ranked in the
Tung Chau Man and Ng Ching of Hong Kong lead the 10-pair women's doubles
field. Tung and Ng are world-ranked in the high teens. Tantri Etty and
Cynthia of Indonesia, world-ranked in the 80's, are the second-seeds.
Only 10 pairs have been entered in the mixed doubles event. Top seeds are
Indonesians Imam Tohari and Ema Ermawati. Ma Che Kong and Tung Chau Man of
Hong Kong are the second seeds. Tohari and Ermawati are world-ranked in the
teens, while Ma and Tung are not world-ranked at all as a pair (Ma is ranked
in the 60's with Chan Mei Mei, and Tung is rated in the 20's with Tam Kai
The small number of entries have been attributed to several factors. Many
top players have chosen to rest and train for the more prestigious All-England
Open slated for mid-March. Also, other players have elected to conform to the
tradition of staying and celebrating with family during the Chinese New Year
this past weekend as well as the Muslim Hariraya the early part of this week.
The dispute between the top Chinese players and the Chinese badminton
association over the sharing of prize money has also affected the number of
entries. The Chinese association, which retains 58% of the doubles prize
money and 65% of the singles purses, is reported to have suspended many top
players, including Olympic silver medalist Dong Jiong, after they asked for
an increase in the player's share of the winnings. Because of this dispute,
all of the Chinese entries at the Indian Open were pulled out.
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