DUTCH OPEN: TOP SEEDS WONG, MEULENDIJKS STROLL INTO 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 **
October 11, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Wong Choon Hann of Malaysia and the
youthful Judith Meulendijks of the Netherlands, the top picks in the singles
events at the Dutch Open badminton championships in 'sHertogenbosch, both
booked their spots in tomorrow's finals with convincing victories in this
afternoon's semifinal matchups.
Wong was tested by his semifinal opponent, the fifth-seeded Martin Lundgaard
Hansen of Denmark, in the opening game. Wong however prevailed 15-11. The
second game was much easier for the Malaysian who won 15-3.
Wong will play the men's singles championship match tomorrow against the
German player Oliver Pongratz. Pongratz, the sixth seed, squeezed into the
finals with a 15-7, 7-15 and 15-13 victory over the battling Anders Boesen,
the eighth seed from Denmark.
Meulendijks had an easy semifinal match against the fourth-seeded Julia Mann
from England. The young Dutchwoman outplayed Mann to win the match 11-5 and
In the other women's singles semifinal, third-seed Kelly Morgan of Wales
eliminated Mette Sorensen of Denmark. Morgan whipped the second-seeded Dane
11-2 in the first game, but Sorensen put her game together in the second
set and played Morgan tough. However, the Welsh lady scrapped her way to
victory in a tiebreak, 12-10.
In mixed doubles, qualifiers Lars Paske and Jane Bramsen of Denmark took
another step forward to a possible Dutch Open title. Paske and Bramsen, who
had accounted for top-seeded Aussies Peter Blackburn and Rhonda Cator in the
second round, today beat England's Ian Pearson and Sarah Sankey 15-9 and
15-13 in a matchup of qualifiers.
Paske and Bramsen though face tougher opposition in the finals. They will
play their third-seeded teammates Jonas Rasmussen and Ann Lou Jorgensen who
put out the second seeds, Quenten van Dalm and Nicole van Hoorn of the host
country, 15-10, 12-15 and 15-9 in their half of the semifinals.
In the men's singles semifinals, top-seeds Jens Eriksen and Jesper Larsen of
Denmark blasted Aussies David Bamford and Peter Blackburn 15-1 and 15-8, while
second-seeds Nick Ponting and John Quinn of England beat another pair from the
land Down-Under, Mark Nichols and Murray Hocking, 15-7 and 15-9.
Erica van den Heuvel and Monique Hoogland of the Netherlands defeated Ann Lou
Jorgensen and Jane Bramsen of Denmark 15-9 and 15-13 in one of the women's
doubles semifinals. In the finals, the top-seeded Dutch pair will face the
scratch team of Kelly Morgan of Wales and Pernille Harder of Denmark, 15-7 and
15-12 winners over Scotswomen Elinor Middlemiss and Sandra Watt in the other
women's doubles semifinal.
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