U.S. OPEN: HOYER, GADE GAIN FINALS
** This NEW SHUTTLENWS REPORT is presented by badminton world champions
YANG YANG (1987 and 1989) and ZHAO JIAN HUA (1991) and by
YANG YANG BADMINTON PRODUCTS **
September 13, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark, the
1996 Olympic badminton men's singles champion, scraped past a determined Luo
Yigang from China in a three-game semifinal match yesterday at the U.S. Open
championships in the southern California city of Orange. With his victory, the
Danish ace, second-seeded in tis tournament, puts himself in line to win his
second straight Open title after a one-year long absence from the winner's
The tenth-seeded Chinese player tested the Olympic champion in the early
going, specially in the first game. Hoyer started slowly and fell behind in
the match when he dropped a tightly contested opening set 16-17.
The Dane's touch and tactics got into gear in the second game. He beat Luo
15-11 to tie up the match at 1 game apiece. In the decider, Hoyer was in full
command as Luo had no counter to the Dane's now in-form play. Hoyer ran away
with the third 15-2.
Hoyer will face young teammate Peter Gade Christensen in this afternoon's
championship match. The fifth-seeded Gade, already a winner of a top-rated
badminton tournament - the Taipei Masters - this year, defeated Jeroen van
Dijk of the Netherlands, the upset-minded thirteenth pick, 15-9 and 15-8 in
his half of the semifinals yesterday.
In the women's singles, top seed Camilla Martin of Denmark and second seed
Dai Yun of China will contest today's final.
Martin came into yesterday's semifinals against Han Jingna of China grimly
determined to avenge her disappointing round-of-16 loss to Han at the world
championships in May. She did just that, demolishing the third-seeded Han
11-3 and 11-3.
The left-handed Dai Yun had a tougher match with Marina Andrievskaya, the
fourth-seeded Russian-Swede. Andrievskaya played Dai tough, particularly in
the second game when she extended Dai into a three-point setting or tiebreak
at 9-all. The match though went to the Chinese player 11-7 and 12-9.
In mixed doubles, Koreans Kim Dong Moon and Ra Kyung Min, the fifth seeds,
upset the top-seeded English pair of veteran Chris Hunt and rookie Donna
Kellogg. Kim, one of the 1996 Olympic mixed doubles gold medalist, and Ra, an
Olympic silver medalist, took advantage of Kellogg's inexperience to defeat
Hunt and Kellogg 15-9 and 15-5.
Third-seeds bambang Suprianto and Rosalina Riseu of Indonesia disposed of
the unseeded English pair of Simon Archer and Jo Davies 15-10 and 17-14 in
the other mixed doubles semifinal.
In men's doubles, Kim Dong Moon qualified for a second U.S. Open championship
match this year when he and partner Ha Tae Kwon, the eighth seeds and upset
winners over the top-seeded pair on Thursday, eliminated Simon Archer and
Chris Hunt 15-8 and 15-7. The English duo were the sixth seeds.
China's Liu Yong and Zhang Wei, the fifth-seeds, battled with Indonesians
Victo Wibowo and Tony Gunawan in the other men's doubles semifinal. Liu and
Zhang dropped the opening game to the seventh-seeded Indonesians 11-15, but
then recovered to win the second and third sets 15-11 and 15-10.
In the women's doubles semifinals, top-seeds Qin Yiyuan and Tang Yongshu of
China easily defeated the third-seeded Danish team of Majken Vange and Ann
Jorgensen 15-8 and 15-4. Second-seeds Yoshiko Iwata and Haruko Matsuda of
Japan beat fourth seeds Jo Davies and Nicola Beck of England 15-4 and 15-12.
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