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Ipoh Masters: The Two Peters To Clash In Final

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November 6, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Peter Gade and Peter Rasmussen made the men's singles competition at the all-star Ipoh Masters invitational badminton tournament a Danish preserve when the two Peters both won the last of their preliminary group matches yesterday at the Indera Mulia Stadium in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia to move into today's final. Gade beat Roslin Hashim of Malaysia 17-16, 11-15 and 15-8 to capture the Group A pennant with 3 wins and no losses, while Rasmussen defeated the winless Indra Wijaya of Indonesia 9-15, 15-5 and 15-13 to take the Group B banner with a similar record.

In the other men's singles matches, Hendrawan of Indonesia beat Ong Ewe Hock of Malaysia 12-15, 15-7 and 15-13 in a Group A contest, while Wong Choon Hann of Malaysia defeated Fung Permadi of Taiwan 8-15, 15-10 and 17-14 in a Group B battle.

Indonesian players took both places in the men's doubles final. Chandra Wijaya and Tony Gunawan overwhelmed Simon Archer and Nathan Robertson of England 15-4 and 15-3 to emerge as the men's doubles Group A winner. Flandy Limpele and Eng Hian turned back Malaysia's Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah 3-15, 15-11 and 15-11 to win Group B.

In the Gade-Hashim match, the two players battled to a 14-all tiebreak in the opening set. Hashim held a set point at 16-14 but Gade turned him back and then scored three times to take the set.

Hashim took the second 15-11 to send the match into a decider.

The Malaysian stayed in-form early in the third set and took a 3-0 lead. Gade then bore down and overhauled Hashim's advantage. The Dane raced to a 9-4 and then 11-6 lead before finishing the Malaysian off at 15-8.

In the Rasmussen-Wijaya contest, Rasmussen fell behind early in the same manner as he had in his first two matches of the tournament. Wijaya scored 7 points before the Dane found his rhythm. Rasmussen then reeled the Indonesian in and tied the set up at 9-all.

Wijaya though was able to counter as the comeback effort took a toll on the Dane. Wijaya scored the next 6 points to win the opener 15-9.

Rasmussen came back strongly in the second and dominated the play to win at 15-5.

In the decider, the two kept pace with each other until 9-all when Wijaya was able to get a small two-point advantage. The Dane then took over the rallies and pounded away at Wijaya for a 15-11 victory.

In the crucial men's doubles Group B contest between the Limpele-Hian combination and the Choong-Lee pairing, Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah overwhelmed the Indonesians in the first set with their powerful jumpsmashes and their quickness around the court.

The play in the second was much closer. After the Indonesians had opened up with a 6-3 spurt, Choong and Lee were able to pull even at 6-all and then 10-all. However, the Malaysians were not able to sustain their aggressive play without making mistakes and the Indonesians went on to take the second 15-11.

In the third set, Choong and Lee took an early 3-1 advantage but Limpele and Hian capitalized on several mistakes from the Malaysians to grab the lead and to pull away to a 13-7 advantage. Choong and Lee mounted a fightback but their efforts fell short with the Indonesians taking the set 15-11.


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