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July 1, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - An off-form men's singles top-seed Peter Gade Christensen of Denmark took three games to get past first round opponent Polsana Boonsak of Thailand today at the four-star Malaysian Open being held in Penang. Gade who had taken time off to rest after an unbeaten Thomas Cup Finals campaign was a step slower than usual and had a difficult first two games against Bonsak. He dropped the opener 13-15 and survived a late rush by the Thai player in the second to win 15-13.

The young Dane played much more like a top seed in the decider and defeated Boonsak 15-7.

Malaysian favorite Rashid Sidek won his first match, beating Canadian Bobby Milroy easily 15-8 and 15-3.

The first day of competition was also marred by a spate of walkovers mostly from United Kingdom players like Julia Mann, Helen Troke, Sandra Watt, Jillian Haldane and Alexis Blanchflower.

Some of the results of today's matches:

Men's Singles
Peter Gade Christensen (Denmark) beat Polsana Boonsak (Thailand) 13-15, 15-13, 15-7
Peter Knowles (England) beat Siew Yian Wai (Malaysia) 15-6, 15-9
Ismail Samad (Malaysia) beat Hwang Sun Ho (Korea) 15-10, 15-10
Fumihiko Machida (Japan) beat Stuart Arthur (Canada) 18-16, 15-10
M.Roslin Hashim (Malaysia) beat George Rimarodi (Indonesia) 15-4, 10-15, 15-7
Xia Xuanze (China) beat Stuart Brehaut (Australia) 15-2, 15-8
Chen Hong (China) beat Yeoh Kay Bin (Malaysia) 15-9, 15-8
Wong Ewe Mun (Malaysia) beat John Leung (Wales) 18-14, 15-5
Yong Hock Kin (Malaysia) beat Zhu Feng (China) 15-1, 15-1
Yudi Suprayogi (Indonesia) beat Liu Kok Hwa (Hong Kong) 11-15, 15-9, 15-3
Bruce Flockhart (Scotland) beat Ilkka Nyvqist (Finland) 15-5, retired
Allan Tai (Malaysia) beat Ong Hock Lee (Malaysia) 15-12, 13-15, 15-11
Fung Permadi (Taiwan) beat Anupap Thiraratsakul (Thailand) 15-8, 15-7
Irwanshah (Indonesia) beat Mark Constable (England) 15-4, 15-5
Keita Masuda (Japan) beat Michael Beres (Canada) 15-4, 15-5
Chen Wei (China) beat Lee Tsuen Seng (Malaysia) 15-1, 15-5
Rashid Sidek (Malaysia) beat Bobby Milroy (Canada) 15-8, 15-3
Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia) beat Tadashi Ohtsuka (Japan) 17-18, 15-5, 17-15

Women's Singles
Camilla Martin (Denmark) beat Rayoni Reid (Australia) 11-4, 11-0
Kanwar Manjusha (India) beat Helen Troke (England) walkover
Yu Hua (China) beat Lee Yin Yin (Malaysia) 11-4, 11-2
Ida Takako (Japan) beat Kirsteen McEwan (Scotland) 11-2, 11-6
Lee Joo Hyun (Korea) beat Wong Siew Hong (Malaysia) 11-3, 11-0
Yao Jie (China) beat Vicki Rodrigues (Malaysia) 11-1, 11-0
Ellen Engelina (Indonesia) beat Huang Chia Chi (Taiwan) walkover
Zhang Ning (China) beat Neelima Choudhary (India) 11-2, 11-1
Zarinah Abdullah (Singapore) beat Karen Sugita (Malaysia) 11-1, 11-1
Law Pei Pei (Malaysia) beat Michaela Smith (Australia) 11-2, 11-1
Olivia (Indonesia) beat Ng Ching (Hong Kong) 11-1, 11-5
Thitikan Duangsiri (Thailand) beat Tanya Berg (Denmark) 10-13, 11-9, 11-2
Miho Tanaka (Japan) beat Sandra Watt (Scotland) walkover
Tracy Hallam (England) beat Ng Mee Fen (Malaysia) 7-11, 11-6, 11-3
Kelly Morgan (Wales) beat Karen Au (Malaysia) 11-0, 11-1
Kellie Lucas (Australia) beat Chan Mei Mei (Hong Kong) 11-3, 10-13, 11-6
Chan Ya Lin (Taiwan) beat Wong Miow Khong (Malaysia) 11-2, 11-3
Anne Gibson (Scotland) beat Hemalatha (Malaysia) 11-3, 11-1
Gong Ruina (China) beat Julia Mann (England) walkover
Zhou Mi (China) beat Lee Kyuang Won (Korea) 11-2, 11-2
Tracy Dineen (England) beat Yan Sook Wai (Malaysia) 11-0, 11-2
Lidya Djaelawidjaya (Indonesia) beat Ishwari Boopathy (Malaysia) 11-8, 11-7
Mette Pedersen (Denmark) beat Jody Patrick (Canada) 11-2, 11-4

Women's Doubles
M.Smith/K.Wilson Smith (Australia) beat I.Boopathy/Woon Sze Mei (Malaysia) 15-10, 15-10
Chen Lin/Jiang Xuelian (China) beat J.Haldane/A.Blanchflower (Scotland) walkover
Ekmongkolpaisarn/Thungthongkam (Thailand) beat Chin Bee Hui/Wong Siew Hong (Malaysia) walkover

Mixed Doubles
N.Robertson/J.Davies (England) beat Ma Che Kong/Tung Chau Man (Hong Kong) 15-7, 17-14
Chan Chong Ming/Joanne Quay (Malaysia) beat Lin Wei Hsiang/Chen Mei Jun (Taiwan) 18-15, 15-17, 18-16
Yang Ming/Huang Nanyan (China) beat A.Gatt/K.McEwan (Scotland) 15-7, 15-5
Imam Tohari/Ema Ermawati (Indonesia) beat S.Arthur/J.Patrick (Scotland) 15-1, 15-5
B.Suprianto/R.Riseu (Indonesia) beat Teo Kok Seng/Fong Chew Yen (Malaysia) 15-4, 15-8
Seichi Watanabe/H.Matsuda (Japan) beat Kwun Yuen Yau/Ng Ching (Hong Kong) 15-10, 15-11
Chew Choon Eng/Lim Pek Siah (Malaysia) beat R.Blair/F.Sneddon (Scotland) walkover
M.Hocking/M.Smith (Australia) beat J.Anderson/S.Sankey (England) walkover
I.Sydie/D.Julien (Canada) beat Huang Shin Chung/Chan Ya Lin (Taiwan) 15-6, 15-4
J.Larsen/A.Jorgensen (Denmark) beat Sandiarto/E.Tantri (Indonesia) 18-17, 15-6
Chen Qiqiu/Jiang Xuelian (China) beat Pang Cheh Chang/Norashikin Amin (Malaysia) 15-6, 14-17, 15-7
K.Middlemiss/E.Middlemiss (Scotland) beat Park Tae Sang/Yim Kyung Jin (Korea) 15-6, 7-15, 15-10
Agung/Anastasia (Indonesia) beat M.Nichols/K.Wilson Smith (Australia) 15-12, 15-2
Tam Kai Chuen/Chan Mei Mei (Hong Kong) beat A.Paisley/G.Martin (Scotland) 15-3, 15-9
Liu Yong/Dai Yun (China) beat Bryan Moody/M.Cloutier (Canada) 15-2, 15-8