DANISH OPEN: TOP SEEDS, BATMAN OFF TO A GOOD START
** 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 17, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The top-seeds at the four-star Danish
Open badminton championships being held in the town of Vejle off to a good
start yesterday in the first full day of competition.
Men's singles number one Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark handled Yuzo
Kubota of Japan 15-1, 15-7, and second-seed Peter Rasmussen, nicknamed Batman
because of his fondness for playing in black, whipped Martin Erlandsson of
Sweden 15-2, 15-4. Third-seed Dong Jiong of China also won. He beat Niels
Christian Kaldau of Denmark 15-9, 15-5.
Peter Gade Christensen, winner of the recent German Open and seeded fourth,
recovered from a first game setback to beat fellow Dane Morten Boesen 11-15,
Fifth seed Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen of Denmark beat England's Steve Isaac 15-9,
15-6, and sixth seed Fung Permadi of Taipei defeated Soren Hansen of Denmark
Seventh-seed Thomas Johansson of Sweden was upset by Lo Ah Heng of Malaysia
8-15, 15-8, 15-9.
In women's singles, top-pick Camilla Martin beat Takae Masumo of Japan 11-5,
11-4. Number two seed Yasuko Misui of Japan was eliminated when she lost to
Zhou Mi of China 4-11, 5-11.
Newly crowned Dutch Open champion Judith Meulendijks of the Netherlands also
fell in another upset. She was defeated by Swedish veteran Margit Borg 7-11,
7-11. Eighth-seeds Canadian Denyse Julien was yet another upset victim. Julien
dropped a tightly contested opening match 5-11, 11-8, 10-12 to Heidi Dossing
Men's doubles top-seeds Jon Holst-Christensen and Michael Sogaard of Denmark
opened their 1997 Danish Open campaign by beating Finns Ville Kinunen and
Ilkka Nyqvist 15-6, 15-7. Second seeds Thomas Stavngaard and Jim Laugesen also
won their first round match. They defeated fellow Danes Martin Bruun and
Jesper Christensen 15-3, 15-6.
Women's doubles top-seed Helene Kirkegaard and Rikke Olsen of Denmark had a
In mixed doubles second round action, Denmark's Jens Eriksen and Marlene
Thomsen, the number one seeds, beat Steen Thygesen Poulsen and Jane Bramsen
of Denmark 15-7, 15-6. The second-seeded pair of Michael Sogaard and Rikke
Olsen had a harder match against fellow Danes Lars Paaske and Janne Morgensen,
but managed to eliminate them 15-5, 5-15, 15-3.
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