WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: CHINA, INDONESIA WIN BIG IN OPENERS
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May 20, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Favorites China and Indonesia swept their
opponents in their opening fixtures at the world team championships of
badminton in Glasgow, Scotland.
China, the defending champion, trounced England 5 matches to none. The
Chinese only dropped one game to England in tonight's Group 1A fixture.
Indonesia, runners-up at the last world team championships, also beat
Sweden 5 matches to none, dropping only one game in their Group 1B meeting.
Liu Yong and Ge Fei opened for the Chinese with a win over Nick Ponting and
Julie Bradbury. Liu and Ge dominated the first game 15-7 but got stiffer
opposition in the second as Ponting and Bradbury extended the Chinese pair
to a setting or tiebreak at 14-all. Liu and Ge, though, prevailed in the end
Dong Jiong, the world's top-rated men's singles player, operated at
three-quarter speed and power, in his 15-9 and 15-6 victory over Peter
Defending women's singles world champion got in some court time as she toyed
with an outskilled Julia Mann 11-0 and 11-2.
Liu Yong and Zhang Wei had their hands full against Simon Archer and Chris
Hunt in the men's doubles. Liu and Zhang took the first 15-9 but the scrappy
English pair won the second 15-10. The Chinese got their bearings in the third
and they raced to a 15-5 decision.
The Chinese number twos in women's doubles, Qin Yiyuan and Tang Yongshu,
ended the English agony with their 15-4 and 15-7 defeat of Joanne Davies and
Sigit Budiarto and Chandra Wijaya played Indonesia's opening match against
Swedes Peter Axelsson and Par-Gunnar Jonsson. The two powerful pairs pitted
smashes and drops but the Indonesians were the quicker and better pair,
winning 15-8 and 15-10.
Resiana Zelin and Eliza took an easy women's doubles first game from Catrine
Bengtsson and Marina Andrievskaya 15-8, but the Swedish combination began to
click in the second with Bengtsson's court savvy and Andrievskaya's power.
The Swedes played the Indonesians close, taking them to a 14-all tiebreak.
In the setting, Zelin and Eliza barely outplayed Bengtsson and Andrievskaya
but did score the needed three points to post the victory at 17-15.
In the men's singles, the 6-foot 5-inch Thomas Johansson used his reach to
suprise Joko Suprianto in the first set, winning in a five-point setting
The Indonesian veteran finally found the holes in Johannson's defense and
won the next two 15-3 and 15-9 to clinch the fixture for Indonesia.
Mia Audina then beat Margit Borg in the women's singles matchup 11-7 and
In the concluding mixed doubles match, Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur
prevailed in a grueling 60 minute battle with Peter Axelsson and Catrine
Bengtsson 15-9 and 17-14.
Results of the fixtures this evening:
China beat England 5 matches to none
Indonesia beat Sweden 5-0
Scotland beat Norway 5-0
New Zealand beat India 5-0
Mexico beat Luxembourg 4-1
Cyprus beat malta 4-1
Slovakia beat Argentina 5-0
Italy beat Brazil 5-0
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