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October 17, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Danish veteran Jon Holst-Christensen and Ann Jorgensen captured the mixed doubles title at the four-star Danish Open badminton championships in Vejle today. Holst and Jorgensen defeated their top-seeded teammates Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen in this afternoon's final 15-6 and 15-14.

The title win is the second in two weeks for the Holst-Jorgensen duo. Last week in'sHertogenbosch, Netherland, they won the Dutch Open crown.
{In today's championship match, Holst and Jorgensen outplayed the favorites, winning the first game handily at 15-6 and leading for most of the second set. Sogaard and Olsen rallied and tried to extend the match into a decider.

After Sogaard and Olsen had knotted up the second game score at 14-all, Holst chose not to play a three-point tiebreak and gambled on getting the service back. Sogaard and Olsen failed to score on their serve and had to turn the service and two scoring chances over to Holst and Jorgensen. The Dutch Open champions quickly capitalized on the opportunity and took the game 15-14.

In the men's singles semifinals, top-seed Peter Gade of Denmark was severely tested by teammate Kenneth Jonassen in the first game but the world number one pulled out the win in a tiebreak 17-14. Gade then cruised to victory in the second 15-6.

In the other men's singles semifinal, second-seed Dong Jiong of China climbed back from a 5-9 deficit in the first game and beat the hot-and-cold Poul-Erik Hoyer of Denmark 15-10 and 15-6.

In the women's singles semifinals, world champion and top-seed Ye Zhaoying of China was extended by Mia Audina of Indonesia in the first game. Ye found her bearings late in the set and was able to eke out a 13-10 win. Audina did not have much left in the second and the world champion won by a big margin, 11-1.

The other women's singles semifinal was a no-contest. Camilla Martin of Denmark demolished Yasuko Mizui of Japan 11-1 and 11-0.

In the all-Indonesian men's doubles semifinals, Olympic champions Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja beat top-seeds Tony Gunawan and Heryanto Halim 17-15 and 15-12, while second seeds Limpele Flandy and Hian Eng defeated Chandra Wijaya and Yumono Harmono 15-9 and 15-12.

Women's doubles top-seeds Huang Nanyan and Yang Wei of China defeated the third seeds from Denmark, Rikke Olsen and Marlene Thomsen, 15-11 and 15-1. Fourth picks Qin Yiyuan and Tang Hetian of China put out the second seeded Indonesian pair of Eliza Nathanael and Deyana Lomban 15-10 and 15-6.

Tomorrow's championship matches:
WOMEN'S DOUBLES - Huang Nanyan/Yang Wei (China) vs Qin Yiyuan/Tang Hetian (China)
WOMEN"S SINGLES - Ye Zhaoying (China) vs Camilla Martin (Denmark)
MEN'S SINGLES - Peter Gade (Denmark) vs Dong Jiong (China)
MEN'S DOUBLES - Limpele Flandy/Hian Eng (Indonesia) vs Rexy Mainaky/Ricky Subagja (Indonesia)