USA NATIONALS: HAN AND SHI AMERICA'S 1997 CHAMPIONS
by Mike Grossman and Martin Coe
** This NEW SHUTTLENWS report is presented by the ORANGE COUNTY BADMINTON
CLUB, City of Orange, California (714-639-6222) - one of the best places to
play BADMINTON in the world. **
April 7, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Kevin Han of Colorado and Cindy Shi of
Southern California each captured two titles at the 1997 U.S. National
Badminton championships held this past week at the world-class Orange County
Badminton Club in the city of Orange, a hour's drive from Los Angeles.
Han, a native of Shanghai, China who is now an American citizen, easily
disposed of Ignatius Rusli of Southern California in the men's singles
championship match held yesterday 15-9 and 15-4. Han had represented the
United States at the Atlanta Olympic Games and is world-ranked in the top
ten percent among men's singles players. Rusli comes from badminton powerhouse
nation Indonesia where he played for one of the top badminton clubs before he
moved to the United States.
Han also won the men's doubles title together with New York native Tom Reidy,
now of Colorado. Han and Reidy defeated 1992 Olympian Benny Lee of Northern
California and Rusli 15-8 and 15-1 in yesterday's finals.
Cindy Shi came back from the brink of defeat in the women's singles
championship match to capture one of her two gold medals. Shi had lost the
first game to Yeping Tang of Maryland 5-11 and barely survived a very close
second game 12-11 to stay in the match. Tang had very little left afterwards
and Shi won the deciding third game going away 11-4.
Yeping Tang did win a U.S. national championship though. Tang and Cindy Shi
had paired up for the women's doubles event and they ended up with all the
marbles. The two made mincemeat of Eileen Tang and Becky Wu in the first game
of the finals 15-1 and and then let up somewhat in the second to win at 15-8.
Trisna Gunadi and Eileen Tang of Southern California took the mixed doubles
title, defeating Hoang Ly and Cindy Shi in the championship match 8-15, 15-10,
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