WORLD CUP: FAVOURITES POST FIRST DAY WINS
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August 20, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The seeded players who saw action today
at the badminton World Cup in Yogjakarta, Indonesia all notched victories in
their opening matches in the group round-robin phase.
Men's singles top seed Dong Jiong of China defeated Jeroen van Dijk of the
Netherlands 15-8 and 15-9 in Group A. Group B favourite Joko Suprianto of
Indonesia had an easy 15-5 and 15-3 win over Thomas Johansson of Sweden,
despite having a bad case of flu.
In Group C, China's Sun Jun easily defeated Tam Kai Chuen of Hong Kong 15-2
and 15-6, while tournament second-seed Heryanto Arbi managed to recover his
composure and control to post a three-game victory over Darren Hall of England
15-2, 11-15 and 15-2 in a Group D matchup.
In a minor upset in men's singles Group B, non-seed Pullela Gopichand of
India beat the higher-ranked Chinese player Luo Yigang 13-15, 15-6 and 15-11.
Women's singles top seed Ye Zhaoying took her Group A opener against Takako
Ida of Japan 11-3 and 11-1. Group B seed Mia Audina of Indonesia kept pace
with Ye with her 11-3 and 11-1 victory over Marina Andrievskaya of Sweden.
In women's singles Group C, Gong Zhichao of China beat Pornsawan Plungwech
of Thailand 11-7 and 11-2, while Group D favourite Susi Susanti defeated the
up-and-coming Dutch player Judith Meulendijks 11-3 and 11-5.
Results of the other matches today:
Group A - Indra Wijaya (Indonesia) beat Martin Lundgaard-Hansen (Denmark) 15-3 and 15-10
Group C - Ardy Wiranata (Indonesia) beat Soren B. Nielsen (Denmark) 15-12 and 15-2
Group D - Ong Ewe Hock (Malaysia) beat Hwang Sun Ho (Korea) 15-11 and 15-3
Group A - Chandra Wijaya/Budiarto Sigit (Indonesia) beat Ge Cheng/Tao Xiaoqiang (China) 15-6 and 15-7; Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah (Malaysia) beat Peter Axelsson/Par-Gunnar Jonsson (Sweden) 15-11 and 15-13
Group B - Lee Dong Soo/Yoo Yung Sung (Korea) beat Andrej Antropov/Nikolaj Zuev (Russia) 15-10, 15-4; Ricky Subagja/Rexy Mainaky (Indonesia) beat Chris Hunt/Simon Archer (England) 15-7, 15-6
Group A - Ge Fei/Gu Jun (China) beat Nicola Beck/Joanne Davies (England) 15-5 and 15-2
Group B - Tang Yongshu/Qin Yiyuan (China) beat Chen Li Chin/Tsai Huey Min (Taipei) 15-4 and 15-9
Group A - Liu Yong/Ge Fei (China) beat Peter Axelsson/Catrine Bengtsson (Sweden) 15-10 and 15-6
Group B - Trikus Heryanto/Minarti Timur (Indonesia) beat Limpele Flandy/ Rosalina Riseu (Indonesia) 15-3 and 15-9
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