SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL: DENMARK'S PASKE SHINES
** 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 23, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Lars Paske of Denmark was the star of
today's finals at the Scottish International badminton championships at the
Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Paske, one of Denmark's
rapidly developing young talents, exhibited great versatility of shots and
excellent shuttle control on both power and finesse strokes in winning the
men's and mixed doubles titles this afternoon.
Paske started off by teaming up with Jane Bramsen in the mixed doubles final
where the unseeded pair overwhelmed Russell Hogg of Scotland and Tracy Dineen
of England 15-6 and 15-2. Not only was Paske too much for the scratch pairing
of Hogg and Dineen to handle, even Hogg's racket went sour on the Scot.
Hogg and Dineen were trying to fashion a comeback in the first game and had
started to close the gap at 6-9 when Hogg reared back and swung a powerful
smash, only to strike air as his racket broke at the handle and the frame went
soaring into the band section about 30 feet away from the finals court. No one
was injured though as the brass players had earlier moved into the stands to
better watch the match.
That was the last gasp for the Hogg-Dineen combination. Paske and Bramsen
shut them out of the scoring from that point in the first game and limited
the Scottish-English duo to a measly two markers in the second.
Paske later combined with Jesper Mikkla to trounce Stephen Isaac and Neil
Waterman of England in the men's doubles final 15-5 and 15-7.
In the men's singles championship match, Tjitte Weistra of the Netherlands
beat Stefan Pandya of England in three games. Weistra won the first 15-7 as
the English player tried to be too accurate with his smashes and net shots
and instead made error after error.
In the second, the left-handed Pandya began to find the lines as well as the
right touch on his net tumblers. He took the game 15-9.
Pandya started off in the decider on a winning note, scoring the first two
points, but Weistra began to bear down and Pandya started to commit errors
again. The Dutch player raced to a 10-2 lead before Pandya found his game
Pandya rallied, using jumpsmashes as well as tight net spinners. He closed in
at 8-12 but an excellent brushing net killshot from Weistra got the Dutchman
his thirteenth point. Pandya came back to end a well-played rally with a
Pandya though could not shake off the errors as he struck the shuttle into
the net to put Weistra at championship point.
The Englishman fought off several Weistra attempts to close him out, but
on Weistra's fourth championship point, Pandya handed the game and the title
to the Dutch player 15-11 when he hit a smash wide.
In the women's singles final, England's Julia Mann was too skilled for fellow
English player Rebecca Pantaney to handle. Pantaney though did put up a fight,
specially in the early part of the second game and most of Mann's points were
not easy ones. The Mann-Pantaney scoreline: 11-3 and 11-5.
In the last championship match, women's doubles top-seeds Elinor Middlemiss
and Sandra Watt of Scotland were unable to keep a title home for the hosts.
The Scottish pair fell to the second-seeds, Ella Miles and Sara Sankey of
England, 15-13 and 15-12. With the veteran Sankey keeping the Scots
off-balance with her soft controlled shots at the net and the younger Miles
providing most of the power strokes, the English pair started off both games
with quick leads. The Scots, specially Middlemiss, did try to make a close
match out of the final but the experienced Sankey held her side together in
the clutch while Watt committed errors at the crucial moments.
Results of the quarterfinals played on Friday and yesterday:
Men's Singles (yesterday)
Stefan Pandya (England) beat Peter Jeffrey (England) 18-16, 15-3
Thomas Wapp (Switzerland) beat Pedro Vanneste (Belgium) 15-5, 15-4
Hans Sperre (Norway) beat Bruce Flockhart (Scotland) 15-6, 15-10
Tjitte Weistra (Netherlands) beat Mike Beres (Canada) 15-10, 15-2
Women's Singles (yesterday)
Rebecca Pantaney (England) beat Elizabeth Cann (England) 11-8, 11-3
Kara Solmundson (Canada) beat Sonya McGinn (Ireland) 11-1, 7-11, 11-7
Anu Weckstrom (Finland) beat Dolores Marco (Spain) 11-8, 11-2
Julia Mann (England) beat Gillian Martin (Scotland) 12-9, 11-4
Men's Doubles (yesterday)
James Anderson/Ian Sullivan (England) beat Howard Bach/Mark Manha (USA) 15-10, 15-3
Jesper Mikkla/Lars Paske (Denmark) beat Alastair Gatt/David Gilmour (Scotland) 15-7, 15-6
Stephen Isaac/Neil Waterman (England) beat Joost Kool (Netherlands)/Sandy Paisley (Scotland) 15-10, 15-11
Russell Hogg/Kenny Middlemiss (Scotland) beat Njordur Ludvigsson/Tryggvi Nielsen (Iceland) 15-8, 15-8
Women's Doubles (yesterday)
Elinor Middlemiss/Sandra Watt (Scotland) beat Sonya McGinn/Jayne Plunkett (Ireland) 15-9, 15-7
Kirsteen McEwan/Pam Whiteford (Scotland) beat Ana Ferrer/Dolores Marco (Spain) 15-9, 15-5
Judith Baumeyer/Santi Wibowo (Switzerland) beat Katy Brydon/Alison Reed (England) 18-12, 15-12
Ella Miles/Sara Sankey (England) beat Jane Bramsen (Denmark)/Anu Weckstrom (Finland) 15-9, 15-5
Mixed Doubles (Friday)
Kenny Middlemiss/Elinor Middlemiss (Scotland) beat Brian Sutherland (Scotland)/Jayne Plunkett (Ireland) 15-5, 15-1
Lars Paske/Jane Bramsen (Denmark) beat Russell Hopkins/Carol Tedman (Scotland) 15-3, 15-6
James Anderson/Sara Sankey (England) beat Mathew Shuker/Alison Reed (England) 15-4, 15-8
Russell Hogg (Scotland)/Tracy Dineen (England) beat Mike Beres/Kara Solmundson (Canada) 15-7, 15-1
Results of the semifinals played yesterday and early today:
Men's Singles (yesterday)
Stefan Pandya beat Thomas Wapp 18-17, 15-4
Tjitte Weistra beat Hans Sperre 15-3, 15-18, 18-16
Women's Singles (yesterday)
Rebecca Pantaney beat Kara Solmundson 11-5, 11-3
Julia Mann beat Anu Weckstrom 11-4, 11-2
Men's Doubles (today)
Jesper Mikkla/Lars Paske beat James Anderson/Ian Sullivan 10-15, 15-7, 15-8
Stephen Isaac/Neil Waterman beat Russell Hogg/Kenny Middlemiss 15-5, 15-11
Women's Doubles (today)
Elinor Middlemiss/Sandra Watt beat Kirsteen McEwan/Pam Whiteford 15-7, 18-14
Ella Miles/Sara Sankey beat Judith Baumeyer/Santi Wibowo 15-9, 15-6
Mixed Doubles (yesterday)
Lars Paske/Jane Bramsen beat Kenny Middlemiss/Elinor Middlemiss 14-18, 15-9, 15-9
Russell Hogg/Tracy Dineen beat James Anderson/Sara Sankey 18-15, 15-10
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