WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: CHINESE WOMEN ELIMINATE SUSI AND MIA
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May 30, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - China's women singles players stamped their
brand on this edition of the world badminton championships being held in
Glasgow, Scotland by eliminating Indonesia's Susi Susanti and Mia Audina in
the quarterfinal stage today. The defeat of the two top Indonesian women's
singles players guarantees China a sweep of all four medals in the women's
Second seed Gong Zhichao showed Susi Susanti the exit door with her dynamic
rallying and slice drop shots that found the floor just beyond even the
legendary Susanti's reach. Gong raced to a 9-2 lead in the first, outrallying
Susanti. The Indonesian scored some points to climb to 5 but Gong's play and
lead was too much. Gong won the first 11-5.
In the second, it was more dynamic rallying from the fleet-footed Gong and
more sliced shots beyond Susanti's reach. Gong easily won the second 11-2.
In a battle of world junior champions, the sixth seeded Wang Chen took
advantage of the sluggish and erratic play of the third-seeded Mia Audina to
win 11-6 and 11-4.
In the other women's singles quarterfinal matches, both all-Chinese affairs,
top seed Ye Zhaoying defeated Dai Yun 11-7 and 11-6, and Han Jingna beat Zhang
Ning 11-8 and 11-7.
Ye will play Wang in one of tomorrow's semifinals and Han will face Gong in
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