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KOREAN OPEN: AGGRESSIVENESS PAYS OFF FOR PERMADI
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January 17, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Fung Permadi, the 31-year old highly
experienced Taiwanese men's singles specialist, exhibited a different style
of play in today's Korean Open badminton championships final in Seoul to
defeat Denmark's Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen and take home a big-time (for the
sport of badminton) 20,000 US dollar purse. Permadi, a former Indonesian
national team member who moved to Taiwan after he was dropped from the team
and who is more known as a retriever and stroke player, used a more aggressive
and attacking game in beating the 6-foot 4-inch tall Dane 17-14 and 15-6.
The Permadi-Stuer match started off with Stuer inching to a small 2-0 lead.
Permadi countered to tie up the game at 3-all, but the Dane rattled off
several points to take a 6-3 lead. Permadi put the pressure on with a mixture
of shots and forced Stuer into three errors that put the score at 6-all.
The Taiwanese player then took a 7-6 when he ended a rally with a leaping
smash. Permadi slowly increased his lead to 10-6, frustrating Stuer on the
Dane's service turns while scoring sporadically.
Leading at 10-6, Permadi once again rallied and moved Stuer around until he
got the Dane to hit a crosscourt overhead shot out of bounds. The Dane started
to labor and slow down as Permadi's shot combinations made him twist and turn
and also bend his tall frame to retrieve the shuttle.
Stuer though was not done for. The determined Dane came back to notch 2
points before Permadi added 2 of his own to set the score at 13-8. Stuer
fought back with another 2 markers and then scored with a jumpsmash to come
closer at 11-13.
Permadi erased Stuer's service turn with a combination jumpsmash and kill. The
Dane countered and got the service back. On his next service turn, Stuer sent
a Permadi reply crosscourt with a scoring, crackling drive. He was now only
a point behind, 12-13.
Permadi ended Stuer's turn with another jumpsmash to the backhand that had
the Dane all twisted in a futile effort to block the shuttle. The Taiwanese
player then reached game point with a steep crosscourt dropshot that had the
tall Stuer bending and stretching in vain.
Stuer though did not give up. He stopped Permadi's service. On his turn, he
used very tight net play to pressure Permadi into a short lift. Stuer then
banged the shuttle crosscourt for a winner. On his next service, the Dane
maneuvered Permadi into a high shot that he leaped at and smashed to tie the
game up at 14-all. Stuer had forced a tiebreak (setting).
The tiebreak started with neither player able to score. Stuer lost his first
turn when he lifted a Permadi shot long. Permadi gave up his serve when he
powered a kill out of bounds. On Stuer's second service turn, Permadi ended
the rally when he surprised Stuer with a backhand overhead halfsmash.
Permadi notched the first point of the setting when he induced Stuer into an
error. The Taiwanese player followed up with a scoring smash after he had
wrongfooted Stuer into a scrambling forehanded punch clear that flew short.
Permadi was now at game point 16-14.
A determined Stuer fought back. He wiped out Permadi's service turn with a
jumpsmash. On the next rally, he and Permadi both played determinedly and
exchanged shots to different parts of the court. Stuer though could not keep
up the rally and he sent a crosscourt net shot wide to give the service back
Permadi once more had serve at game point. He got Stuer into an exchange at
the net and induced the Dane into a slightly loose net shot. Permadi then
pounded the shuttle into Stuer's half of the court for the game winner.
The close first game and Permadi's shot combinations must have worn Stuer
out, because Permadi easily raced to a commanding lead in the second. The
Taiwanese player opened with a jumpsmash for a 1-0 lead and then zoomed to an
8-2 advantage with more scoring smashes and some Stuer errors.
Stuer fought back and tallied 3 points to put the score at 5-8. On the next
rally, Stuer put Permadi under pressure with attacking play and forced him
into a crosscourt backhand clear error. Stuer had pulled closer 6-8. This
though was the Dane's last score.
Several Stuer mistakes gave Permadi more of a lead at 12-6. Stuer buckled
down and the two played a great rally with both defending against the other's
smashes and turning defense into offense. It was Permadi that was able to
end the rally with a scoring crosscourt smash. Permadi now was two points away
from the championship.
Stuer had his back to the proverbial wall. He tigerishly fought back and the
two once again had a great rally. Unfortunately for Stuer, his crosscourt net
attempt went awry, putting Permadi at championship point.
Permadi then served a net skimmer. Stuer had anticipated the stroke and he
reached for the shuttle with his racket. He pounded a fast return in Permadi's
direction. Permadi twisted his body to avoid the missile and the shuttle flew
out-of-bounds. Permadi had won the championship 17-14 and 15-6.
In the first championship match of the day, Kim Dong Moon and Ra Kyung Min
of Korea beat the defending world champions Liu Yong and Ge Fei of China
15-6 and 15-8. The Korean combination - Kim powering shots from the rear
court and Ra patrolling the net - was very effective against Liu and Ge.
The Koreans took a commanding 6-1 lead in the first game and never were in
trouble against the mistake-prone Chinese pair. A Liu Yong error put the
Koreans at game point 14-6 and another Liu mistake gave Kim and Ra the game
In the second game, Liu and Ge settled down and raced to a 6-0 advantage,
before Kim was able to score one for his side with a dropshot. A string of
Chinese mistakes allowed the Koreans back into the game. Liu and Ge managed
to fend the Koreans off at five and pulled to an 8-5 lead.
The Koreans though soon caught up at 8-all behind Kim's power and good Korean
defense, and aided by Chinese mistakes. A scoring smash by Ra gave the Korean
side the lead for good.
Kim and Ra pulled away to championship point 14-8 and then Kim put Liu and Ge
away with a match-ending winner.
In the women's singles final between two Chinese teenagers - world junior
champion Gong Ruina and Asian junior silver medalist Zhou Mi, the slightly
more experienced Zhou outplayed a nervous Gong in the first game 11-6 and
then outsteadied Gong in the second 13-12.
A pair of young Chinese players took the women's doubles crown. Yang Wei and
Huang Nanyan beat their slightly more senior teammates Ge Fei and Zhang Ning
in the final 15-10 and 15-1. Ge Fei holds the world championship with regular
partner Gu Jun but was playing this tournament with singles specialist Zhang
Ning after Gu was unable to make it to Seoul.
Indonesia's Flandy Limpele and Eng Hian defeated Denmark's Jesper Larsen and
Jens Eriksen in the men's doubles title match. The Danes took the first game
15-6 and the Indonesians came back to win the second 15-7.
In the decider, the Danes played well early on and had leads of 4-0, 5-1,
and 7-2. Limpele and Hian staged a fightback and closed in at 5-7, before
Larsen and Eriksen were able to score again to put the score at 8-5.
The Indonesians benefited from the change of ends. Limpele and Hian pulled
even at 8-all with three scores. They limited the Danes to only one more point
while tallying 7 themselves to win the title at 15-9.
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