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Dutch Open: Mia Bursts Into Final
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October 2, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Mia Audina, who won an Olympic Games
silver medal in badminton women's singles in 1996 while representing her
native Indonesia, today burst into her first international final as a player
for the Dutch badminton association. In one of today's semifinal matches at
the Dutch Open badminton championships in Den Bosch, she upset the top-seeded
Chinese player Zhou Mi. Audina battled back from a poorly played opening set
to beat Zhou in three sets 3-11, 11-5 and 11-2.
The 19-year old Audina took up Dutch residency in August when, despite the
objections of the Indonesian badminton association, she moved to Rotterdam to
be with her Dutch-Indonesian husband. The Indonesian association then dropped
her from the national team, after which she signed up to play for the
The top-seeded Zhou is ranked number seven in the world while Audina has
fallen to number 43 because she had not competed internationally since March.
She had gotten married at that time and then her mother passed away in late
April. Also, badminton rules do not allow a player to compete internationally for another
national association for a period of three months after changing national
In tomorrow's final, Audina will face another Chinese player, Tang Chunyu.
Tang ia a rookie on the international circuit who had to go through qualifying
to make it into the Dutch Open main draw. In her semifinal match today, she
upended third seed Mette Pedersen of Denmark 11-8 and 11-3.
Audina is given only a slight edge over the less-experienced Tang in
tomorrow's final, because of her lack of competition and full-time training
Audina's success as a Dutch player so far has gained big dividends for Dutch
badminton. In an extraordinary move for Dutch television, Audina's match with
Zhou today was shown live and tomorrow's final will also be aired.
Following are the results of today's other semifinals (number before player's
name indicates seeding).
1-Ji Xinpeng (China) beat 7-Jason Wong (Malaysia) 15-9, 15-6
Xia Xuanze (China) beat 8-Anders Boesen (Denmark) 15-11, 13-15, 15-4
1-Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah (Malaysia) beat 6-Chris Hunt and Julian Robertson (England) 15-8, 7-15, 15-4
Martin Lundgaard Hansen and Lars Paaske (Denmark) beat 5-Chew Choon Eng and Rosman Razak (Malaysia) 13-15, 15-9, 15-7
Chen Lin and Jiang Xuelian (China) beat 1-Nicole Grether and Karen Stechmann (Germany) 15-5, 15-13
Tang Chunyu and Zhou Mi (China) beat Kaori Saito and Keiko Takeno (Japan) 15-1, 5-15, 15-4
5-Martin Lundgaard Hansen and Pernille Harder (Denmark) beat 3-Frederik Bergstrom and Jenny Karlsson (Sweden) 15-12, 15-11
(Ms.) Chen Lin and Chen Qiqiu (China) beat Helene Kirkegaard and Jonas Rasmussen (Denmark) 15-11, 15-7
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