HONG KONG OPEN: GADE WINS; KOREANS LORD OVER DOUBLES
** 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 **
November 2, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Peter Gade Christensen of Denmark ended
a week of celebrating his new standing as the world's number one badminton
men's singles player by winning the championship of the five-star Hong Kong
Open today. Gade, who sits on top of the world rankings at the young age of
20, defeated fellow Dane Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen in the finals played this
afternoon at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
In the first game of the men's singles championship match, it appeared as
though Gade would not be able to live up to his new standing. The six-foot
five-inch tall Stuer came out very aggressively and tore Gade's defense to
shreds with his steeply angled attacking play. Gade could not cope with his
teammate's aggressiveness and lost badly 7-15.
However, the pace at which he played the first game took its toll on Stuer.
The tall Dane did not seem to have the same energy in the second and Gade soon
took the lead and won 15-6. The third also belonged to the youthful Gade who
coasted to an overwhelming 15-4 victory.
In the men's doubles, Kim Dong-moon of Korea partnered Ha Tae-kwon to the
title. Kim and Ha, unseeded at the tournament despite their championship win
at the five-star U.S. Open in September, defeated the third-seeds, Hian Eng
and Hermono from Indonesia, 15-4 and 15-12.
Kim and Ha were easy winners in the first game, limiting the nervous pair
from Indonesia to only four points. In the second game, though, Hian and
Hermono settled down and gave the Koreans battle. The game was closely
contested, with the Indonesians holding a two-point lead, 11-9, going into the
At this juncture, however, Hian and Hermono were unnerved by two line calls
that went against them. The two lost their concentration and the Koreans went
on to grab the lead and to win at 15-12.
Kim, an Olympic gold medalist in mixed doubles, also won the Hong Kong Open
championship in that event. He teamed up with Ra Kyung-min, an Olympic silver
medal winner, and the two Olympic medalists defeated their fellow Koreans Ha
Tae-kwon and Chung Jae-hee 15-12 and 15-3 in the finals.
Kim and Ra were the top seeds in the event, while Ha and Chung were seeded
at number five.
Korea took a third Hong Kong Open title, this one in the women's doubles when
the fifth seeded pair of Ra Kyung-min and Chung Jae-hee upended the top seeds
from China, Liu Lu and Qian Hong, 15-7 and 15-12.
In women's singles, two unseeded Chinese second-stringers battled it out for
the Hong Kong Open crown with Gong Ruina, fresh from the ranks of the junior
players, defeating her doubles partner, Wu Huimin, 11-3, 8-11 and 11-5 in the
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