INDONESIAN OPEN: LOCALS WIN FOUR TITLES
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November 1, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Indonesian players took four of the
five championship matches played today at the Indonesian Open badminton
tournament in Jakarta. Only the men's singles crown eluded the competitors
from the host country.
Malaysia's Yong Hock Kin defeated Budi Santoso of Indonesia in a lacklustre
final to capture the men's singles championship. Santoso, playing in his
first big-time final, was too tight and gave many points to Yong on erratic
play. Yong rolled to an unexpectedly easy 15-7 and 15-6 title victory and the
USD9,600 men's singles champion's purse.
Mia Audina of Indonesia had a similiarly easy victory in the women's singles
final. She blanked a nervous Mette Sorensen of Denmark in the first game and
took the second set 11-6.
The men's doubles championship match was also one-sided. Olympic champions
Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja of Indonesia were too skillful at defense and
too powerful at the attack for their teammates Flandy Limpele and Hian Eng in
today's final. The R-and-R duo took the men's doubles title and the USD8,640
first prize with a easy 15-5 and 15-4 victory.
The mixed doubles and women's doubles championship matches provided most of
Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur of Indonesia tangled with their archrivals,
Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen of Denmark, in the mixed doubles final. The
Danes took the first game 15-10, capitalizing when the Indonesian pair hit the
shuttle long several times.
In the second and third games, though, Heryanto and Timur got their shots
under control. With Timur playing well at the net and the Danes seemingly
losing their touch, the Indonesian pair took the next two sets with identical
15-6 scores to win the mixed doubles title.
In tne women's doubles final, top seeds Elisa Nathanael and Deyana Lomban
Indonesia clawed their way back from the brink of defeat at the hands of
Denmark's Marlene Thomsen and Rikke Olsen. The Indonesians had been outplayed
7-15 in the first game and had to battle through to a tiebreak in the second.
Elisa and Lomban spoiled Olsen and Thomsen's strong bid for the Indonesian
Open women's doubles title by prevailing in the second game setting 3-1
(17-15) and then taking the decider 15-7 from the tiring Danish pair.
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