WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: CHINESE DOMINATE WOMEN'S SINGLES
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May 29, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Six Chinese women's singles players won their
round-of-16 matches today at the badminton world championships in Glasgow,
Scotland to emphasize China's dominance in this event. Indonesians Susi
Susanti and Mia Audina took the other two round-of-16 matches.
Top seed Ye Zhaoying of China, the defending champion, thrashed the sixteenth
seed from Indonesia, Cindana Hartono, 11-4 and 11-1. Second seed Gong Zhichao,
also from China, eliminated Kim Ji Hyun of Korea 11-4 and 11-6.
Other Chinese winners were:
Sixth seed Wang Chen who struggled in the first game against eleventh seed
Lee Joo Hyun of Korea before getting into high gear and winning 7-11, 11-1 and
Seventh seed Zhang Ning who beat Huang Chia-chi of Taiwan 11-5 and 11-1,
Tenth seed Han Jingna, the 1995 world championships silver medalist, who
upset the fourth seed Camilla Martin of Denmark 3-11, 11-7 and 11-7,
Fifteenth seed Dai Yun who upended the eighth-seeded Ra Kyung Min of Korea
11-6 and 11-5.
The third-seeded Mia Audina of Indonesia defeated the thirteenth-seeded Yao
Yan of China (score unconfirmed).
Susi Susanti, seeded fifth, was in a precarious position against the twelfth
seed, Zeng Yaqiong of China, but managed to pull out the victory. Susanti
was thrashed in the first game 3-11 and was behind in the second before she
found her game and edged past Zeng 12-9. In the third, Susanti was the easy
Only Audina and Susanti stand in the way of an unprecedented Chinese sweep of
the women's singles medals.
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