SAS BADMINTON TROPHY: BOTH HOYER AND DONG UPENDED
** 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 29, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Three of the top picks at the SAS
Badminton Trophy men's singles tournament in Dornbirn, Austria were defeated
in sensational matches this evening. Tournament favourite and defending
champion Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark was upset by India's Pullela
Gopichand, second seed Dong Jiong of China fell to Denmark's Kenneth Jonassen,
and Jens Olsson of Sweden was beaten by Wong Choon Hann of Malaysia. The
unexpected losses by Hoyer, the 1996 Olympic gold medal winner, and Dong, the
silver medalist, ended badminton fans' hopes for an Olympic Rematch on the
Bodensee in tomorrow's final.
Of the favourites, only Jeroen van Dijk of the Netherlands survived the group
round-robin and moved on into tomorrow morning's semifinals, but even he had
to struggle against George Rimarcdi of Indonesia and Oliver Pongratz of
Germany before he was able to ensure his place in the final four.
Hoyer had began the day with a 15-7 and 15-9 victory over Thomas Wapp of
Switzerland in Group Y competition, but in the evening, he fell victim to the
format of the tournament as well as to the play of Gopichand. With only a few
hours rest after his match with Wapp, the Danish ace had to come back on
court to face a rested Gopichand. Hoyer dropped the first set 10-15 and then
battled back to take the second 15-10. In the decider, the defending champion
did not have enough to put Gopichand away early. The two battled to deuce at
14-all, and in the three-point tiebreak, it was Gopichand who outsteadied the
veteran Dane 3-1 to take the match and the Group Y banner at 17-15.
In Group W, Dong Jiong also fell victim to the tournament format when he had
to play two tough matches within a space of several hours. In the afternoon
session, Dong survived a three-game affair with Indonesia's Salim. Salim, who
has beaten Dong before, took the first game from the Chinese ace 15-5 but Dong
recovered to win the second and the deciding third sets 15-12 and 15-9.
Later on in the evening, Dong took on Denmark's Kenneth Jonassen. The Chinese
player seemed to have the match under control in the first game and he took it
15-8. In the second set, though, Dong's game began to sputter and he started
to run out of energy. Jonassen took the second game with surprising ease 15-6
and then went on to win the decider 15-12.
In Group T, Jens Olsson beat Jurgen Koch of Austria in the afternoon session
15-9 and 15-4. He then lost to Wong Choon Hann in the evening competition
12-15, 15-4 and 10-15.
In Group R, Jeroen van Dijk defeated George Rimarcdi 13-18, 15-13 and 15-11
in an early contest and then beat Oliver Pongratz 15-6, 8-15 and 15-9.
In tomorrow morning's semifinals, Jonassen and van Dijk will face each other
while Gopichand will play Wong.
The standings at the end of the round-robin stage:
Pullela Gopichand (India) - 2 wins/0 losses
Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen (Denmark) - 1 win/1 loss
Thomas Wapp (Switzerland) - 0 wins/2 losses
Wong Choong Hann (Malaysia) - 2 wins/0 losses
Jens Olsson (Sweden) - 1 win/1 loss
Jurgen Koch (Austria) - 0 wins/2 losses
Jeroen van Dijk (Netherlands) - 2 wins/0 losses
Oliver Pongratz (Germany) - 1 win/1 loss
George Rimarcdi (Indonesia) - 0 wins/2 losses
Kenneth Jonassen (Denmark) - 2 wins/0 losses
Dong Jiong (China) - 1 win/1 loss
Salim (Indonesia) - 0 wins/2 losses
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