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Asia Cup: World Champion Fails Again And China Loses
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November 13, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Badminton men's singles world champion
Sun Jun of China lost for the second day in a row at the Asia Cup men's team
championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the Chinese contingent followed
him down the tubes as they were beaten 3 matches to none by Indonesia in one
of the semifinal team contests played today.
Sun was defeated by world number three Taufik Hidayat 12-15 and 14-15 in the
opening singles match. Indonesian men's doubles aces Tony Gunawan and Chandra
Wijaya then whipped Yu Jinhao and Zhang Jun 15-4 and 15-6 to seal the team
victory for defending champion Indonesia.
In the meaningless second singles match, Hendrawan played an almost error-free
game and defeated Chen Hong 15-7 and 15-4.
In the Sun Jun-Hidayat match, the two contestants battled on even terms for
most of the first set but the Indonesian was the more consistent player and
took the set 15-12.
In the second set, Sun Jun pulled away to a good-sized lead at 12-6 but the
Indonesian rallied to knot the match up at 13-all as Sun began to labor. The
world champion broke out of the tie to reach set point at 14-13 but Hidayat
foiled his attempt to claim the second game and then scored on his service
turn to reach set and match point.
Surprisingly, Sun who had the option to declare a three-point tiebreak chose
to gamble and to play a single-point tiebreak instead. His gamble failed as
Hidayat scored to take the match.
According to a member of the Chinese delegation, Sun has been playing with
a back injury and was not able to do the bending and twisting that top-class
badminton strokes call for without feeling pain. Sun has also not been able to
train properly because of the injury.
In the other semifinal team contest, Malaysia surprised Group A winner Korea
and won 2 matches to 1.
The Malaysians took both singles matches to claim a spot in tomorrow's final.
Jason Wong beat Ahn Jae Chang 15-12, 4-15 and 15-4, and Ismail Saman clinched
the team victory with a 15-12 and 15-10 triumph over Park Tae Sang.
Men's doubles world champions Ha Tae Kwon and Kim Dong Moon defeated Chew
Choon Eng and Rosman Razak 15-10 and 15-5 for the sole Korean point in the
In tomorrow's action, Indonesia and Malaysia will tangle for the Asia Cup
championship while China and Korea will play off for third and fourth places.
In group play earlier, Indonesia had beaten Malaysia 3 matches to none and
Korea had defeated China 2-1.
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