CHINA OPEN: LEFTY DAI UPSETS WORLD CHAMPION
** 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 9, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Ye Zhaoying, the badminton world champion
in women's singles, was upset by teammate Dai Yun in yesterday's semifinals at
the China Open championships in Shanghai. Ye, seeded first at the tournament,
lost to the left-handed Dai 8-11, 11-3 and 7-11.
Dai, the fourth seed, will face world championships silver medalist Gong
Zhichao, another of the seemingly endless top-caliber Chinese women's singles
players, in today's final. In her half of the semifinals, Gong, seeded third,
defeated Zeng Yaqiong, still another high-quality entry from the host nation,
11-3, 1-11 and 11-3.
In men's singles, the fourth seeded Sun Jun of China was upended by teammate
Luo Yigang. Luo, the seventh pick, beat Sun 15-5 and 15-13 to set up another
one of four all-Chinese finals today. He will battle Dong Jiong, the Chinese
Dong, seeded third, gained his spot in the final with a 15-13 and 15-9 win
over eighth pick Budi Santoso of Indonesia. Dong played a very patient style
against Santoso, using clears and drops to move the Indonesian around the
court and then blasting the occasional smash.
Santoso countered with the same patient style. The two played many punishing
rallies, but, in the end, the Chinese number one's speciality, highly
disguised shots that he would launch after leaping into the air and suspending
his body and racket for a split second, was the difference as the deceptive
motion would wrongfoot Santoso and slow him down at the crucial moments.
In the men's doubles semifinals, second seeds Liu Yong and Zhang Wei of China
defeated Malaysians Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook, the third picks, 15-9 and
15-6, while the sixth-seeded Chinese pair of Ge Cheng and Tao Xiaoqiang beat
compatriots Yang Ming and Zhang Jun 15-3, 12-15 and 15-11.
Second-seeds Qin Yiyuan and Tang Yongshu of China set up a rematch of the
world championships women's doubles final with world champions and teammates
Ge Fei and Gu Jun. Qin and Tang defeated sixth seeds Huang Nanyan and Liu
Zhong, also from China, 15-6 and 15-5. Top picks Ge and Gu beat compatriots
Yang Ming and Gao Ling 18-15 and 15-3 in their semifinal match.
In mixed doubles, world champions Liu Yong and Ge Fei of China put out fellow
Chinese Yang Ming and Qiang Hong 15-4 and 15-5 to move into today's final. Kim
Dong Moon and Ra Kyung Min of Korea took the other final spot, beating Simon
Archer of England and Catrine Bengtsson of Sweden 15-12 and 15-10.
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