THOMAS and UBER CUPS: KEY INJURY DOWNS SWEDISH WOMEN
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February 20, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The hapless Swedish team suffered
another setback today in the semifinals of the world men's and women's team
championships (Thomas and Uber Cups) European Zone qualifier in Sandefjord,
Norway when their ace, Marina Andrievskaia, injured her knee in the opening
singles match of their crucial meeting with the English side.
Andrievskaia had won the first game against Donna Kellogg was ahead in the
second 5-3 when she lost her balance and banged her knee hard on the court
surface. The Swedish player was able to continue after receiving first aid
on court but did not have the mobility to play on to victory. Kellogg went
on to take the second game and the deciding third set.
Andrievskaia's teammates pulled together and won the next two singles
matches to give Sweden the lead 2 matches to 1. Margit Borg beat Julie Mann,
2 games to 1, and Karolina Ericcson took out Tracey Hallam in straight sets.
However, England's strength lay in the doubles, specially with Andrievskaia
hurt and unable to partner Catrine Bengtsson in the first doubles spot. The
two English pairs came through to qualify England for the Cup Finals scheduled
Nicky Beck and Joanne Davies took the first doubles over Bengtsson and Jenny
Karlsson, substituting for Andrievskaia, 2 games to 0, and the tandem of
Kellogg and Joanne Goode disposed of Kristin Evernas and Margit Borg, also
2 games to 0.
Sweden's loss means that they have to play the Netherlands for the third and
last qualifying spot from Europe in a playoff tomorrow. The Swedish men who
lost an emotion-packed battle with the Dutch earlier today also must win in
a playoff tomorrow against the English men's team in order to earn a trip to
the Thomas Cup Finals.
In the other women's team semifinal in Sandefjord, Denmark whitwashed the
Dutch 5 matches to 0. Camilla Martin beat Judith Meulendijks 2 games to 1,
Mette Pedersen beat Brenda Beenhakker 2 games to 0, Mette Sorensen defeated
Lonneke Janssen 2 games to 0, Ann Jorgensen and Majken Vange beat Erica van
den Heuvel and Monique Hoogland 2 games to 0, and the pair of Marlene Thomsen
and Rikke Olsen disposed of Nicole van Hooren and Lotte Jonathans 2 games to
With their victories, Denmark and England qualify for the Uber Cup Finals,
but will play each other tomorrow for ranking purposes.
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