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MALAYSIAN OPEN: GADE AND JEFFER WIN PLACES IN FINALS
July 4, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Peter Gade-Christensen of Denmark, the top
men's singles player in the world currently, and Rosobin Jeffer of Indonesia,
an up-and-comer ranked outside the top 100, won their semifinal matches today
at the Malaysian Open badminton championships in Penang to set up a battle of
young guns in tomorrow's final.
Gade and Jeffer are both in their very early twenties. Gade though already
has made his mark on the world badminton scene with several Open tournament
championships under his belt and a world number one ranking. Jeffer has had to
bide his time, playing on the Indonesian development squad in the shadow of
his country's established world-beaters like Heryanto Arbi, Alan Budi Kusuma,
Ardy Wiranata and Joko Suprianto. Jeffer's biggest achievement so far has been
the 1996 Asian Badminton Confederation men's singles championship, winning the
title from a weak field of second-stringers and development squad players.
As different as they are in ranking, Gade and Jeffer also won their places in
tomorrow's finals in very different ways. Gade was overpowering in his 15-10
and 15-2 32-minute victory over Yong Hock Kin of Malaysia, while Jeffer had to
rely on his younger legs and better fitness to outlast the Malaysian veteran
Rashid Sidek, 10-15, 15-12 and 15-10 in a battle of exhausting rallies that
took a shade over 80 minutes to complete.
In the Gade-Yong semifinal, the top-seeded Dane spotted Yong an early 2-point
lead at 0-2 but then took full advantage of many three-quarter and half-court
returns from the Malaysian. He went on the attack to score with a variety of
overhead smashes and drops. Gade raced to an 11-3 lead before Yong was able to
adjust his shots and hit these deep to the backline or just over the net.
With his shots now going well, Yong was more able to gain the attack on the
Dane and he played his way back to close in at 8-12. Gade though may have been
just coasting and getting ready for a final push, because he then stroked his
way to game point at 14-8. The Malaysian battled back and got two more points
before Gade scored the game winner.
In the second game, Gade was in command from the get-go while Yong seemed to
have spent all of his energy in his comeback attempt in the first set. Gade
attacked his way to a 9-0 lead before Yong was able to score. The Malaysian's
shots though continued to be lacking in length and Gade was able to attack
the short returns to finish Yong off at 15-2.
In the women's singles semifinals, Zhang Ning of China eliminated top-seed
Camilla Martin of Denmark with a come-from-behind victory 8-11, 11-3 and
11-8, while Dai Yun, a Chinese player whom some observers call the female Yang
Yang because her left-handed jumping smashes remind them of the style of the
two-time men's singles world champion, turned back teammate Zhou Mi 12-10 and
In the men's doubles semifinals, top-seeds Liu Yong and Yu Jinhao of China
defeated Malaysians Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah in a three-game thriller,
18-17, 12-15 and 15-12, while Tony Gunawan and Halim Jabbar of Indonesia beat
the Chinese rookie pairing of Yang Ming and Chen Qiqui 15-9 and 15-7.
The two top-seeded women's doubles pairs both won their semifinals. Top picks
Marlene Thomsen and Rikke Olsen of Denmark beat Yang Wei and Huang Nanyan of
China 15-8 and 15-10, while second-seeds Eliza Nathanael and Resiana Zelin
(Suprianto) of Indonesia defeated Chinese newcomers Chen Lin and Jiang Xuelian
15-12 and 15-9.
In the mixed doubles semifinals, top-seeds Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen of
Denmark turned back Koreans Ha Tae Kwon and Chung Jae Hee 15-1, 12-15 and
15-11, while Indonesians Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur defeated Simon
Archer and Joanne Goode of England 15-17, 15-2 and 15-11.
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