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Sudirman Cup: England, Thailand Into Promotion Showdown
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May 13, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - England and Thailand today confirmed their
berths in the playoff for promotion to the championship division of the
Sudirman Cup world mixed team championships of badminton now being played in
Brondby, just outside Copenhagen, Denmark. England confirmed their berth by
sweeping their second division group A team contest this evening against
Netherlands. Thailand, playing in group B of the second division, had to wait
until the deciding third set of the last match in their contest with Japan
before their youthful women's doubles pair of Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn and
Saralee Thunthongkam was able to pull out an upset win over the more
experienced and highly-rated combination of Haruko Matsuda and Yoshiko Iwata.
England's path to the promotion playoff was a relatively easy one. The English
side went through their three team contests in the just-completed round-robin
phase without dropping a single match. In today's matchup with the tough
Dutch team, the women's doubles combination of Joanne Goode and Donna Kellogg
beat Erica Van Den Heuvel and Nicole Van Hooren 2 games to 1 and men's doubles
players Simon Archer and Nathan Robertson disposed of Quinten Van Dalm and
Dennis Lens 2 games to none.
Veteran Darren Hall put in a surprising performance against Dicky Palyama.
Hall trounced the younger Dutch player with unexpected ease 15-2 and 15-2 to
clinch the team contest for England.
Julia Mann beat Brenda Beenhakker in the women's singles match 2 sets to 1,
and 1999 All-England mixed doubles champions Simon Archer and Joanne Goode
finished the Dutch off with their 2 sets to 1 victory over Chris Bruil and
Erica Van Den Heuvel.
Thailand actually finished the round-robin phase in a three-way tie for
first place in second division group B with Japan and Germany. The Thai team
though had the best games won-games lost ratio and was awarded the top spot
in the group by way of the tiebreaking system.
England and Thailand will clash tomorrow with the winner earning the right
to play in the championship division in 2001.
The six teams in this year's championship division had no matches today and
prepared for tomorrow night's semifinal and relegation playoff matchups. China
will play Korea and Denmark will battle Indonesia in the semifinal contests,
with the winners playing for the championship on Saturday. Malaysia will face
Sweden in the relegation playoff with the loser dropping down to the second
division in 2001.
Results of the key Thailand-Japan contest played tonight (names of Thai
Mixed Doubles - Tesana Panvisvas and Saralee Thunthongkam beat Tadashi Ohtsuka and Naomi Murakami 2 games to 0
Men's Singles - Boonsak Polsana lost to Keita Masuda 1-2
Women's Singles - Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn lost to Yasuko Mizui 0-2
Men's Doubles - Pramote Terawiwatana and Kitipon Kitikul beat Shinji Ohta and Takuya Takehana 2-0
Women's Doubles - Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn and Saralee Thunthongkam beat Haruko Matsuda and Yoshiko Iwata 2-1
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