ASIA CUP: DAY 2 RESULTS
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
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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