ASIAN GAMES: HENDRAWAN OUSTS TOP SEEDED SUN
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December 16, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Hendrawan, Indonesia's current number
one player in men's singles, today defeated top-seeded Sun Jun of China in
semifinal action at the individual badminton medal competition at the 1998
Asian Games in Bangkok and earned himself a certain silver medal plus a chance
to go for the gold tomorrow against Dong Jiong of China, winner of his final
four match against Yong Hock Kin of Malaysia.
Sun who had been trounced by Hendrawan in the finals of the team medal
competition last week started off well in the opening game, while the player
from Indonesia was off-form. Sun took the first set 15-6.
In the second game, Hendrawan settled down and began to play long and patient
all-court rallies. He gained a comfortable lead at 8-3, but, at this point,
Sun broke the pattern and started to attack more. The Chinese change in
tactics brought Sun even with Hendrawan at 8-all. The Indon battled back and
pulled away again to an 11-8 lead, then to game point at 14-10. Sun scrambled
back two points but Hendrawan was able to regain the service and score the
game winner at 15-12.
In the decider, Hendrawan moved ahead early 4-1 and won at 15-9 as Sun began
to play inconsistently and made several errors.
In the other men's singles semifinal, Olympic silver medalist Dong Jiong of
China outplayed Yong Hock Kin and won 15-5 and 15-10 in a match that took
about 40 minutes.
Early in the opening set, Dong and Yong exchanged points for a 2-all tie. The
Malaysian then broke away to a 5-3 lead with jumpsmashing play. Dong came back
at Yong with strong attacking shots to score and pull even at 5-all.
The Chinese player then shut down Yong with a combination of deceptive
hesitation jumpdrops and jumpsmashes as well as tight and tricky netshots.
In the second game, Dong remained in control early and posted a 4-0 lead.
Yong came back aggressively and pulled even with Dong at 7-all after several
service rotations. The two battled point for point, jumpsmash for jumpsmash
and netshot for netshot until 10-all when the Chinese player burst out for
4 markers with several scoring jumpsmashes to the lines.
Faced with match point, the Malaysian stopped Dong but failed to score on his
service turn. Dong then served for the match again and tallied the winner when
he pounded a smash into Yong's body.
In one of the women's singles semifinal, second-seed Gong Zhichao of China
came back from a shock 6-11 first game setback and beat Lee Joo Hyun of Korea
with 11-4 and 11-4 scores in the next two sets. Japan's Kanako Yonekura beat
Sujitra Eakmongkolpaisarn of Thailand in the other semifinal 11-5 and 11-2.
Olympic champions Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky of Indonesia beat Liu Yong
and Yu Jinhao in one of the men's doubles semifinals 15-10 and 15-11. Thai
players Pramote Teerawiwatana and Siripong Siripol upended 1998 All-England
champions Lee Dong Soo and Yoo Yung Sung of Korea in the other men's doubles
semifinal 16-17, 15-6 and 15-7.
In women's doubles, world champions Ge Fei and Gu Jun of China defeated Ra
Kyung Min and Chung Jae Hee of Korea 15-11 and 15-9, while Eliza Nathanael and
Deyana Lomban put out Qin Yiyuan and Tang Hetian of China 15-10 and 15-5.
Players from Korea ruled the mixed doubles semifinals. Olympic gold medalist
Kim Dong Moon and silver medalist Ra Kyung Min combined for an easy 15-3 and
15-6 win over Zhang Jun and Qin Yiyuan of China, while Lee Dong Soo and Yim
Kyung Jin upset top-seeds Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur of Indonesia 17-16
and 15-9. With the double victory, the Koreans guaranteed themselves an Asian
Games gold medal in badminton.
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