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January 19, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Fung Permadi's Korean Open men's singles success did not come soon enough for him to get a desirable seeded spot in his own adopted national association's Open badminton championships being held this week in Taipei. The four-star Chinese Taipei Open with a purse of 100,000 US dollars has attracted many top-rated entries and the newly crowned Korean Open champion did not make the seedings list.

Permadi, a former Indonesian national team player who has migrated to Taiwan, also has gotten a so-so draw. In the first round, he faces the upset-conscious Danish newcomer Kasper Fangel who last week dumped a heavily favored Rosobin Jeffer of Indonesia. If he gets past Fangel, he then faces either Korean Open semifinalist Johan Hadi Kusuma of Indonesia or the sixth-seeded Swedish giant Thomas Johansson.

Korean Open men's singles finalist Thomas Stuer of Denmark is also unseeded and has drawn as his first round opponent another upset-conscious newcomer, Rony Agustinus of Indonesia. Agustinus last week upended Malaysian ace Rashid Sidek.

World number one Peter Gade of Denmark is the top seed in the men's singles. However, he is still recovering from a severe case of the flu and he may not be able to compete. Some of the other seeded entries who had to pull out of the Korean Open last week are also doubtful.

Ardy Wiranata and two men's doubles pairs - Howard Bach and Mark Manha, Dean Schoppe and Matt Fogarty - are in the draw, representing the USA. There are no entries from Canada.

The Chinese Taipei Open seeds:

Men's Singles - 1. Peter Gade (Denmark), 2. Sun Jun (China), 3. Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen (Denmark), 4. Kenneth Jonassen (Denmark), 5. Ong Ewe Hock (Malaysia), 6. Thomas Johansson (Sweden), 7. M. Roslin Hashim (Malaysia), 8. Budi Santoso (Indonesia) 9. Rashid Sidek (Malaysia), 10. Jeroen Van Dijk (Netherland), 11. Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia), 12. Heryanto Arbi (Indonesia), 13. Rikard Magnusson (Sweden), 14. Rosobin Jeffer (Indonesia), 15. Henrik Bengtsson (Sweden), 16. Ismail Saman (Malaysia)

Women's Singles - 1. Camilla Martin (Denmark), 2. Dai Yun (China), 3. Yasuko Mizui (Japan), 4. Zhang Ning (China), 5. Karolina Ericsson (Sweden), 6. Zhou Mi (China), 7. Margit Borg (Sweden), 8. Mette Sorensen (Denmark)

Men's Doubles - 1. Flandy Limpele/Eng Hian (Indonesia), 2. Cheah Soon Kit/ Choong Tan Fook (Malaysia), 3. Liu Yong/Yu Jinhao (China), 4. Jens Eriksen/ Jesper Larsen (Denmark), 5. Ricky Subagja/Haryanto Halim (Indonesia), 6. Chandra Wijaya/Tony Gunawan (Indonesia), 7. Siripong Siripool/Pramote Teerawiwatana (Thailand), 8. Denny Kantono/Antonius Budi Ariantho (Indonesia)

Women's Doubles - 1. Yang Wei/Huang Nanyan (China), 2. Marlene Thomsen/Rikke Olsen (Denmark), 3. Indarti Isoliana/Carmelita (Indonesia), 4. Ann Jorgensen/ Majken Vange (Denmark), 5. Mette Schjoldager/Ann-Lou Jorgensen (Denmark), 6. Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn/Saralee Thunthongkam (Thailand), 7. Helene Kirkegaard/Pernille Harder (Denmark), 8. Haruko Matsuda/Yoshiko Iwata (Japan)

Mixed Doubles - 1. Bambang Suprianto/Rosiana Zelin (Indonesia), 2. Michael Sogaard/Rikke Olsen (Denmark), 3. Wahyu Agung/Ema Ermawati (Indonesia), 4. Jon Holst-Christensen/Ann Jorgensen (Denmark), 5. Trikus Heryanto/Minarti Timur (Indonesia), 6. Sandiarto/Etty Tantri (Indonesia), 7. Janek Roos/Helene Kirkegaard (Denmark), 8. Michael Lamp/Mette Schjoldager (Denmark)

Unseeded entries worth watching out for:

Men's Singles - George Rimarodi (Indonesia), Irwansyah (Indonesia), Ahn Jae Chang (Korea), Ardy Wiranata (USA), Yudi Suprayogi (Indonesia), Rony Agustinus (Indonesia), Thomas Stuer (Denmark), Ji Xinpeng (China), Fung Permadi (Taiwan), Johan Hadi Kusuma (Indonesia), Indra Wijaya (Indonesia), Pullela Gopi Chand (India), Peter Rasmussen (Denmark), Park Tae Sang (Korea)

Women's Singles - Kanako Yonekura (Japan), Lee Soon Deuk (Korea), Brenda Beenhakker (Netherland), Lidya Djaelawidjaya (Indonesia), Ellen Engelina (Indonesia), Marina Andrievskaya (Sweden), Meiluawati (Indonesia), Cindana Hartono Kusuma (Indonesia), Christina Sorensen (Denmark), Judith Meulendijks (Netherland)

Men's Doubles - Lee Dong Soo/Kim Dong Moon (Korea), Tan Kim Her/Rosman Razak (Malaysia), Michael Sogaard/Jim Laugessen (Denmark), Chan Chong Ming/Jeremy Gan (Malaysia), Khunakorn Sudhisodhi/Kitipon Kitikul (Thailand), Pang Cheh Chang/Cheah Soon Thoe (Malaysia), Yoo Yung Song/Ha Tae Kwon (Korea)

Women's Doubles - Rosiana Zelin/Minarti Timur (Indonesia), Zhang Ning/Zhou Mi (China), Ema Ermawati/Vita Marisa (Indonesia), Catrine Bengtsson/Marina Andrievskaya (Sweden), Chung Jae Hee/Yim Kyung Jin (Korea), Qin Yiyuan/Gao Ling (China)

Mixed Doubles - Yu Jinhao/Gao Ling (China), Ha Tae Kwon/Chung Jae Hee (Korea), Jesper Larsen/Ann-Lou Jorgensen (Denmark), Lee Dong Soo/Yim Kyung Jin (Korea), Liu Yong/Ge Fei (China)


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