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German Open: Four Dutch Open Champions Stay Hot
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October 10, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - At the German Open badminton championships
that ended today in Duisburg, four of the champions from last week's Dutch
Open stayed hot and repeated as tournament winners this week. Xia Xuanze of
China added the German Open men's singles title to his Dutch Open crown; Tang
Chunyu of China duplicated the feat in the women's singles event. Chinese
women's doubles players Chen Lin and Jiang Xuelian did the same in their
speciality, as did Malaysian men's doubles aces Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan
Dutch Open mixed doubles winners (Ms.) Chen Lin and Chen Qiqiu were unable to
join their co-titleists from last week on top of the victory stand. They were
tumbled in the quarterfinals on Friday morning by the eventual German Open
champions Jane Bramsen and Lars Paaske of Denmark.
MEN'S SINGLES FINAL
(Xia in red shirt; Gopichand in white)
In the men's singles final today, Xia beat Pullela Gopichand of India. Xia
took the first set handily 15-3, but Gopichand who, as a player for FC
Langerfeld in the German Bundesliga, had a sort of homecourt advantage battled
back in the second to squeeze out a equalizing 15-13 victory and force a
After the five-minute interval, Xia came back on court with the right
counterplay to Gopichand and he trounced the Indian player 15-4 to claim the
German Open title.
WOMEN'S SINGLES FINAL
(Tang in foreground; Andrievskaia in background)
In the women's singles final, Tang dropped the opening set to a determined
Marina Andrievskaia, the Russian-turned-Swede, 7-11. In the second set, Tang
overcame the Swede and limited her to just 6 points. Andrievskaia had not much
left in her game after that and the Chinese player swamped her in the decider
MEN'S DOUBLES FINAL
(from front to back: Axelsson and Jonsson in black shirts; Choong and Lee in white)
In the men's doubles title contest, Choong and Lee, seeded at number
two, beat the top picks Peter Axelsson and Par-Gunnar Jonsson of Sweden 15-9
and 15-6, while in the women's doubles final, Chen Lin and Jiang Xuelian upset their
top seeded teammates Qin Yiyuan and Gao Ling in two close sets 15-13 and 15-13.
In the mixed doubles championship match, Bramsen and Paaske defeated their
fellow Danes Janek Roos and Marlene Thomsen 15-10 and 15-11.
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