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February 15, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - At the Air India Indian Open international badminton tournament last night in New Delhi, women's doubles top seeds Tung Chau Man and Ng Ching from Hong Kong were eliminated by Lee So Young and Park So Yun of Korea in a quarterfinal match. Tung and Ng lost 4-15 and 7-15.

Second seeds Tantri Etty and Cynthia of Indonesia beat the English pairing of Jo Muggeridge and Felicity Gallup 15-6 and 15-7 to remain in contention for the Indian Open title.

In the other women's doubles quarterfinals, Lee Soon Deuk and Choi Ma Ree of Korea beat Neelima Choudhury and Manjusha Kanwar of India 18-14, 17-16, while fellow Koreans Kim Mee Hyang and Cha Yoon Sook beat P.V.V. Lakshmi and P.V Sharda of India 15-1, 15-4.

In a men's doubles quarterfinal match, the Yap twins from Malaysia, Yap Yee Hup and Yap Yee Guan, were defeated by Ade Lucas and Ade Sutrisna of Indonesia. The Yap duo, seeded second at the tourney, lost 9-15 and 4-15.

Men's doubles top-seeds Hadi Sugianto and Aras Razak of Indonesia qualified for the semifinals by defeating Khoo Boo Hock and Pang Cheh Chang of Malaysia 15-7 and 15-3.

In the other men's doubles quarterfinal matches, Kim Yong Hyun and Yim Bang Fon of Korea beat Vinod Kumar and Bhushan Akut of India 17-14, 17-16, while Lee Chee Leong and Tan Kim Her of Malaysia beat Kim Hyung Joon and Bae Ki Dae of Korea 15-10, 15-13.

In mixed doubles semifinal action, Malaysians Lee Chee Leong and Lee Yin Yin, upset winners overs second seeds Ma Che Kong and Tung Chau Man in the quarterfinals, won again. They defeated Vinod Kumar and Madhumita Bisht of India 15-9 and 15-3 to claim a spot in the finals.

(The result of the other mixed doubles semifinal was not available).