INDONESIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: RIMARCDI WINS CROWN OVER A TIRED ARBI
** 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) - At the Indonesian national badminton
championships in Bandung, the lightly regarded George Rimarcdi made his mark
on the Indonesian badminton scene when he upended Heryanto Arbi, the 1995
badminton men's singles world champion and the top seed at the tournament, in
the men's singles final today.
The 24-year-old Rimarcdi, who is considered a high potential player but who
has not been successful on the international circuit, felled the Indonesian
number one in three games 8-15, 18-15 and 15-2.
Arbi started out in typical fashion, outplaying and overpowering Rimarcdi
in the first game. However, in the second game, Arbi faded in what is becoming
a regular happening with the former world champion in big matches. Rimarcdi
pulled away to big leads at 5-1 and 9-2 before Arbi recovered enough energy to
get back into his normal playing tactics.
Arbi caught up to Rimarcdi and grabbed the lead at 11-10. Again however, his
stamina began to betray him and Rimarcdi regained the advantage. Arbi fought
back and the two played to deuce at 13-all.
In the five-point tiebreaker, Rimarcdi outplayed the exhausted former world
champion 5-2 (18-15 in the game) and tied up the championship match at 1 game
The five-minute respite before the third game did not help Arbi any. Rimarcdi
raced to a 13-0 lead with excellent play, specially at the net. Arbi managed
to tally two markers to avoid the embarassing goose egg, but the decider
belonged to Rimarcdi from the outset.
The other better-known Indonesian men's singles players had lost in the
earlier rounds. Alan Budi Kusuma was defeated by Arbi in the quarterfinals.
Indra Wijaya lost to Hendrawan. Ardy Wiranata was upset by the 19-year old
Yudi Suprayogi, and Hermawan Susanto was eliminated by Rimarcdi.
1993 world champion Joko Suprianto did not play in the national tourney. He
had been sent together with Budi Santoso and Marleve Mainaky to represent
Indonesia at the Hong Kong Open tournament that was also held this week.
In the women's singles final, Mia Audina defeated Ellen Angelina 11-3 and
12-9 and became one of the 1997 Indonesian national champions. Indonesian
number one Susi Susanti did not play in the tournament due to an lower limb
injury that she suffered during the SouthEast Asian Games team competition.
Two other top women's singles players, number three Meiluawati and number four
Cindana Hartono, were away representing Indonesia at the Hong Kong Open.
World men's doubles champions Sigit Budiarto and Chandra Wijaya defeated the
Olympic champions Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja 15-12 and 15-12 in the men's
doubles final to cement their standing as Indonesia's best in the event in
Eliza Nathanael and Resiana Zelin took the women's doubles title, defeating
Indarti Isolina and Denyana Lomban in the championship match in 2 thrilling
games, both of which were decided in tiebreakers, 17-14 and 18-13.
In the mixed doubles event, Trikus Heryanto teamed up with Resiana Zelin
when his regular partner, Minarti Timur, fell ill prior to the start of the
tournament. The makeshift pairing turned back all comers to take the 1997
Indonesian mixed doubles title. In the final, Heryanto and Zelin defeated
Bambang Suprianto and Etty Tantri 18-15 and 15-8.