February 20, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Indonesia and Malaysia, top seeds in their groups at the Asia Cup men's badminton team tournament being contested this week in Jakarta, Indonesia, won their second-day encounters today with identical 3-0 scores.

Group A favorite Indonesia defeated Thailand. Budi Santoso, the number two singles player on this Indonesian team of young up-and-comers, moved up to the first slot as Indra Wijaya, the number one singles player, was rested for tomorrow's key match against the Taiwan team led by Grand Prix champion Fung Permadi. Santoso had no problems handling the challenge of Natapol Sarawan, winning at 15-2 and 15-4.

In the men's doubles match, world number ones Sigit Budiarto and Chandra Wijaya of Indonesia had a tough first two games against the experienced pair of Pramote Teerawiwatana and Siripong Siripool. The Thai pair took Sigit and Wijaya to a 13-all tie in the first with the Indonesians prevailing in the 5-point setting. Sigit and Wijaya dropped the second game to the Thais 11-15.

The third was owned by the Indonesian duo 15-5.

Jeffer Rosobin, the reserve singles player on the Indonesian team, beat Anupharb Teerarasakul in two tightly contested games 18-14 and 15-13.

Taiwan kept pace with Indonesia in Group A with a 3-0 win over India. Fung Permadi beat Indian Open finalist Pullela Gopi Chand 15-8 and 15-3. Taiwan's world junior silver medalists Chien Yu Hsun and Huang Shih Chung defeated Jaseel Ismail and Vijaydeep Singh 15-3 and 15-13, and Chang Jeng Shyuang completed the whutewash by beating Sidarth Jain 15-6 and 15-7.

Indonesia and Taiwan clash tomorrow in a battle of undefeated teams. The winner will play the second place team from Group B in the semifinals while the loser will face the winner of Group B.

Group B seed Malaysia and the strong Korean side will also clash in another matchup of undefeateds, with the Group B leadership at stake.

Malaysia whipped Japan 3-0 today. Ong Ewe Hock played more like the Malaysian Open champion and world number 5 that he is, beating Takahiro Suka 15-4 and 15-1.

Tan Kim Her and Lee Wan Wah defeated Shinji Ohta and Takuya Takehana 15-12 and 15-7, while Pang Chen disposed of Yuzo Kubota 15-8 and 15-6.

In Korea's whitewash of Hong Kong, Park Sung Woo beat Tam Kai Chuen 15-7 and 15-10, Lee Dong Soo and Yoo Yung Sung defeated Ma Che Kong and Chow Kin Man 15-7 and 15-9, and Kim Chul Joong beat Yau Kwan Yuen 15-2 and 15-9.

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