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World Championships: No Individual Medals For Indonesia

** This NEW SHUTTLENWS report is presented by YANG YANG Badminton Products and their Western USA agents BADMINTON ALLEY. **

May 21, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Indonesia's 1999 world championships campaign turned into a full-blown disaster this evening when all three of their remaining men's doubles entries, all highly seeded and all tipped to be medal-winners, were eliminated in this evening's quarterfinal matches. With Sugianto Hendrawan beaten by Hoyer in the men's singles and Cindana humbled by Gong Ruina in the women's singles, Indonesia will go back home without a single individual medal, not even a bronze, and with their only prize from these two weeks of world championship competition a mixed team event bronze medal.

Olympic champions Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky were the first of the men's doubles pairs to go this evening. They were beaten by Korea's Lee Dong Soo and Yoo Yung Sung 15-11, 11-15 and 9-15.

Second seeds Flandy Limpele and Eng Hian followed when lightly-regarded Zhang Jun and Zhang Wei of China capitalized on the nervous mistakes of Hian and upended the Indonesian pair 15-11, 3-15 and 15-13.

In a late contest, Chandra Wijaya and Tony Gunawan were beaten by Ha Tae Kwon and Kim Dong Moon of Korea 15-12, 7-15 and 10-15.

Earlier in the tournament, Indonesian top-seeds Denny Kantono and Antonius were upset by Chen Qiqiu and Yu Jinhao of China in the first round. Chen and Yu were themselves eliminated this evening by Simon Archer and Nathan Robertson of England 7-15 and 13-15.

Top mixed doubles hopes Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur were dismissed in the third round by Jens Eriksen and Mette Schjoldager, while Bambang Suprianto and Rosiana Zelin went out in the quarterfinals, 7-15 and 9-15 victims of Simon Archer and Joanne Goode from England.

In women's doubles, the tandem of Indarti Isoliana and Carmelita and the pairing of Etty Tantri and Cynthia Tuwankotta went out in yesterday's round of 16.

In the women's doubles quarterfinals, the nominal top seeds Huang Nanyan and Yang Wei were upended by Koreans Ra Kyung Min and Chung Jae Hee 15-5, 12-15 and 13-15. The real top-seeds, the world champions Ge Fei and Gu Jun, who are only nominally seeded second at the tournament, stayed on course for another world title. Ge and Gu, both from China, beat Lotte Jonathans and Nicole Van Hooren of the Netherlands 15-8 and 15-4.

In the other quarterfinal matches, Qin Yiyuan and Gao Ling of China beat Rikke Olsen and Mette Sorensen of Denmark 15-8 and 15-9, while Ann Jorgensen and Majken Vange, another pair from Denmark, put out Joanne Goode and Donna Kellogg of England 15-17, 15-10 and 15-3.


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