CHINA OPEN: GADE FALLS TO INDONESIA'S SANTOSO
** 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 8, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Badminton's top men's singles player,
Peter Gade Christensen of Denmark, was upended yesterday in the quarterfinals
of the five-star China Open being played at Huangpu stadium in Shanghai. Gade,
the top seed, was defeated by Budi Santoso of Indonesia, seeded eighth, in two
games 15-10 and 18-13.
Gade started out poorly in the match, letting the Indonesian seize commanding
leads in the first game. Santoso raced to a 10-2 advantage before the Danish
ace got going. Gade scored several times to get close to Santoso but he had
let the Indonesian get too big of an advantage. Gade could only get to within
three points of Santoso at 10-13. The Indonesian was then able to tally two
markers to finish off the first game 15-10.
In the second game, Gade again fell behind to the Indonesian 5-10. However,
he was then able to mount a comeback using good defensive play against smash
attacks from Santoso to put himself into scoring situations. Gade equalized at
10-10 and the two played even to deuce at 13-all.
In the five-point setting (tiebreak) that followed, Santoso was in control of
most of the rallies and won 18-13 (5-0 in the tiebreak).
Santoso will face third-seeded Dong Jiong, China's number one in one of the
men's singles semifinals later today. Dong defeated Henrik Bengtsson of Sweden
15-7 and 15-2 in his quarterfinal match.
Fourth seed Sun Jun, China's number two, had an easy quarterfinal, beating
the ninth-seeded Ong Ewe Hock of Malaysia 15-4 and 15-5. Seventh seed Luo
Yigang, China's number three, defeated fellow Chinese player Chen Wei 15-4
and 15-4 to set up a semifinal clash with Sun Jun.
In the men's doubles quarterfinals, the top seeds, Nick Ponting and John
Quinn of England, were upset by China's Yang Ming and Zhang Jun 15-4 and 15-4.
Sixth seeds Ge Cheng and Tao Xiaoqiang from China put out the fourth seeded
Indonesians Hian and Hermono 9-15, 15-5 and 15-12.
These two Chinese pairs will tangle in one of the men's doubles semifinals
Second seeds Liu Yong and Zhang Wei of China will battle the third seeds
from Malaysia, Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook, in the other men's doubles
semifinal. Liu and Zhang defeated Tesana Panvisvas and Anurak Thiraratsakul of
Thailand, while the Malaysian duo beat Tony Gunawan and Victo Wibowo, the
fifth seeds from Indonesia, with a score of 18-17 and 15-6.
In an all-Chinese women's singles quarterfinals, world champion and top seed
Ye Zhaoying defeated Yao Yan. World championships silver medalist and third
seed Gong Zhichao disposed of Zhang Ning. Fourth seeded Dai Yun defeated Han
Jingna, and the unseeded Zeng Yaqiong, who had taken advantage of the last
minute withdrawal of the second-seeded Camilla Martin of Denmark to get into
the elite eight, upset sixth seed Wang Chen.
In the women's doubles, world champions and top seeds Ge Fei and Gu Jun of
China took their spot in the semifinals by beating Tsai Hui-min and
Chen Li-chin of Taipei. They will face teammates Yang Wei and Gao Ling who
took out the fifth seeds, Qiang Hong and Liu Lu.
In the other semifinal, second seeds Qin Yiyuan and Tang Yongshu from China
will battle sixth seeds Liu Zhong and Huang Nanyan. Qin and Tang demolished
Etty Tantri and Cynthia Tuwankotta of Indonesia, 15-2 and 15-6, in their
quarterfinal, wile Liu and Huang got past the Hong Kong Open champions, Chung
Jae Hee and Ra Kyung Min of Korea.
In the mixed doubles quarterfinals, world champions and top seeds Liu Yong
and Ge Fei defeated Ha Tae Kwan and Chung Jae Hee of Korea. Fourth seeds Kim
Dong Moon and Ra Kyung Min, another top Korean pairing, beat sixth seeds Zhang
Jun and Liu Lu. Eighth seeds Simon Archer of England and Catrine Bengtsson of
Sweden eked out a tough three-game win over China's Luo Yigang and Yang Wei,
17-16, 16-18 and 15-11, and the unseeded Yang Ming and Qiang Hong put out
fellow Chinese players Zhu Feng and Huang Nanyan.
Liu and Yong will play Yang and Qiang in one of today's mixed doubles semis,
while Kim and Ra will face Archer and Bengtsson.
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