HONG KONG OPEN: GADE CELEBRATES TOP WORLD RANKING ** 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 29, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Peter Gade Christensen, Denmark's super- talented 20-year old badminton singles player, celebrated his newly-announced number one world ranking today by winning his two scheduled matches at the five-star Hong Kong Open championships and moving into the third round of play. Gade, the second seed at this tournament, beat Cham Ka Man of Hong Kong 15-0 and 15-3 in the first round and then defeated Kantharoopan Ponniah of Malaysia 15-7 and 15-5. Gade's celebration may be short-lived. His third-round opponent is the former men's singles world champion, Joko Suprianto of Indonesia who defeated Yang Bing of China and later Jeng Yu-chi of Taipei. Suprianto is seeded ninth. Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark, the men's singles top seed, withdrew earlier in the week. Hoyer chose to stay home to be with his wife Heidi who is about to give birth to the couple's second child. Rashid Sidek and Ismail Saman of Malaysia, the eighth and the fourteenth seeds, also pulled out due to reported injuries. Third seed Peter Rasmussen of Denmark had a walkover in the first round when Roslin Hashim of Malaysia was a no-show. Rasmussen later defeated Lee Hyun Il of Korea 15-7 and 15-6. Rasmussen will face Indonesia's Marleve Mainaky, the fifth seed, in the third round. Fourth seed Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen, another of the talented Danes, had two very easy matches. He demolished Wong Kan Wah of Hong Kong 15-1 and 15-2 in the opening round. Later in the day, he whipped Bae Di Gae of Korea 15-2 and 15-0. Budi Santoso, the highest seed among the Indonesian men's singles entries at number five, also went through to the third round, beating Lam Hoi Tak of Hong Kong and Xie Min of China. Most of the top Indonesians like Heryanto Arbi, Indra Wijaya, Chandra Wijaya, Sigit Budiarto, Ricky Subagja, Rexy Mainaky and Mia Audina have not entered the Hong Kong Open due to the Indonesian national badminton championships that is being contested this week in Bandung, Indonesia. (mcoe/dsimmons) COPYRIGHT 1997 by NEW SHUTTLENWS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.