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Ipoh Masters: The Two Peters Win Again

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November 5, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Danish men's singles aces Peter Gade and Peter Rasmussen both continued on their winning ways yesterday at the all-star Ipoh Masters invitational badminton tournament at the Inder Mulia Stadium in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. Gade, the world number two, came back from a poor start to defeat Ong Ewe Hock of Malaysia 15-12 and 15-3 in a Group A match, while Rasmussen, the 1997 world champion, beat Fung Permadi of Taiwan 2-15, 15-9 and 15-4 in a Group B contest.

In the other men's singles Group A match, Roslin Hashim of Malaysia showed little sign of the ankle injury he sustained in Wednesday's contest with Ong Ewe Hock as he turned back Hendrawan of Indonesia 15-10 and 15-11.

In the other men's singles Group B match, Wong Choon Hann of Malaysia beat Indra Wijaya of Indonesia 14-17, 15-5 and 15-2.

With their victories yesterday, the two Peters have 2-win and no-loss records are poised to clash in the men's singles final on Saturday as the winners of their groups. Gade though has to beat Roslin Hashim today to avoid the tiebreaking procedure and to make sure of his place in the final.

Rasmussen is more certain of a place in the final. He plays the winless Indra Wijaya today. A loss to Wijaya would put him into a tie with the winner of the Permadi-Wong contest. Since Rasmussen has beaten both Permadi and Wong, the tiebreaking procedure weighs in his favor.

In the Gade-Ong contest yesterday, the Malaysian started out in fine form, with his netshots and jumpsmashes helping him to a commanding 12-5 lead in the first set. Gade though found his form and battled back. The Dane banked on his steep dropshots and powerful jumpsmashes to pull even at 12-all and then to win at 15-12.

In the second set, Gade raced to a 12-0 advantage. Ong was able to salvage some pride with three points but the Dane was not to be denied the victory.

In men's doubles Group A, Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock of Malaysia beat Simon Archer and Nathan Robertson of England 15-9 and 15-6 to put their record at 1-win and 1-loss. They will now have to wait for the results of today's contest between the English pair and the Indonesian duo of Chandra Wijaya and Tony Gunawan. Should Archer and Robertson upset the Indonesians, all three pairs in Group A would have 1-win 1-loss records and the group winner will be decided by a complicated tiebreaking procedure.

In men's doubles Group B, Flandy Limpele and Eng Hian of Indonesia beat Chan Chong Ming and Jeremy Gan of Malaysia 15-11 and 15-6. Limpele and Hian are tied for the Group B lead with Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah of Malaysia. The two pairs play each other today in the last of the Group B contests with the winner taking the group banner and a place in Saturday's final.


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