THOMAS and UBER CUPS: SANDEFJORD FAVORITES GAIN SEMIS
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February 19, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The top-seeded teams in badminton's
Thomas and Uber Cups (world men's and women's team championships) European
Zone qualifying tournament made it through to the semifinal phase by posting
emphatic victories today, the last day of second round competition.
Heavy favourite Denmark came through in both men's and women's events. The
men's team, led by men's singles world number one Peter Gade-Christensen and
Olympic gold medalist Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen, trounced Russia 5 matches to
none, while the women, spearheaded by singles ace Camilla Martin and top
doubles players Marlene Thomsen and Rikke Olsen, trounced Bulgaria 5-0.
Sweden's men's and women's teams also went through to the semis as did both
of England's teams. Emerging power Netherlands also placed both of their
teams in the semifinals, but the Dutchmen and the Dutchwomen had to struggle
in their meetings today.
The Ukrainians took the Dutchmen into the fourth match before the pair of
Lens and van Dalm was able to score the clinching third match victory. The
women's rubber with the Russians was decided in the fifth match, with van
Hooren and Jonathans prevailing over Yakusheva and Alferova.
In the Asian zone qualifier, powerhouse China whitewashed their opponents
in second round action. The men, featuring singles world-beaters Sun Jun and
Dong Jiong, walloped Taiwan while the women trounced Malaysia.
The Malaysian men had an easier time than expected, beating Singapore 5-0.
They had thought that they would have a tough time against the Lions but the
Singapore team kept their Chinese import, 1991 world champion Zhao Jianhua, on
the sidelines. Zhao was instrumental in the Lions' march into the second round
past the favoured Australians and figured in both Singaporean match victories
yesterday against Japan.
Second round results:
Thursday at Sandefjord
Group W: Scotland 3 Norway 2, Denmark 5 Russia 0
Group X: England 4 Germany 1, Finland 4 Switzerland 1
Group Y: Portugal 3 Iceland 2, Netherlands 3 Ukraine 2
Group Z: USA 3 Poland 2, Sweden 5 Bulgaria 0
Group W: 1. Denmark; 2. Scotland; 3. Norway ; 4. Russia
Group X: 1. England; 2. Germany; 3. Finland; 4. Switzerland
Group Y: 1. Netherlands; 2. Ukraine; 3. Portugal; 4. Iceland
Group Z: 1. Sweden; 2. Bulgaria; 3. USA; 4. Poland
Group W: France 3 Norway 2; Denmark 5 Bulgaria 0
Group X: Ukraine 4, Switzerland 1; Netherlands 3, Russia 2
Group Y: England 5 Scotland 0; Poland 3 Wales 2
Group Z: Ireland 3 USA 2; Sweden 3 Germany 2
Group W: 1. Denmark; 2. Bulgaria; 3. France; 4. Norway
Group X: 1. Netherlands; 2. Ukraine; 3. Russia; 4. Switzerland
Group Y: 1. England; 2. Scotland; 3. Poland; 4. Wales
Group Z: 1. Sweden; 2. Germany; 3. Ireland; 4. USA
Thursday at Manila (partial)
Group X: China 5 Taiwan 0; Korea 5 Canada 0
Group Y: Malaysia 5, Singapore 0
Group X: China 5 Malaysia 0; Japan 4 New Zealand 1
Group Y: Korea 5 Canada 0; Taiwan 5 Singapore 0
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