** This NEW SHUTTLENWS REPORT is presented by badminton world champions YANG YANG (1987 and 1989) and ZHAO JIAN HUA (1991) and by YANG YANG BADMINTON PRODUCTS **

October 13, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The men's and women's badminton teams from Indonesia both did as expected in today's semifinals and took a step forward to the gold medals at the 19th SouthEast Asian Games in Jakarta. The men's team led by Heryanto Arbi whitewashed the Philippine squad 5 matches to none, while the women did the same to Malaysia.

The Indonesian 5-0 victory over the Philippines came against a team that was already resigned to defeat today and that was resting their singles players for the bronze medal match tomorrow.

In the other men's team semifinal, Malaysia who are playing minus singles ace Rashid Sidek and the top doubles pair of Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock beat Thailand 4-1.

The Thai women fared better than their male teammates. They came back after losing the first two singles matches and beat Singapore 3-2 in their semifinal encounter.

The finals scheduled for tomorrow afternoon will feature Indonesia against Malaysia in the men's team event, and Indonesia versus Thailand in the women's team event. In tne morning, the Philippine squad will battle Thailand for the men's team bronze medal, and Singapore will play Malaysia for the women's team bronze.

Results of today's semifinals:

Morning Session
Malaysia beat Thailand 4-1
(Malaysian names first)
Ong Ewe Hock beat Apichai Teeraratsakul 15-1, 15-6
Yong Hock Kin beat Natapon Sarawan 15-6, 15-2
Jason Wong beat Anupharp Teeraratsakul 12-15, 15-3, 15-2
Tan Kim Her/Rosman Razak beat Pramote Teerawiwatana/Kitipon Kitikul 15-7, 15-2
Chew Choon Eng/Lee Chee Leong lost to Siripong Siripool/Khunakorn Sudhisodhi 5-15, 12-15

Afternoon Session
Indonesia beat Philippines 5-0
(Indonesian names first)
Heryanto Arbi beat Jaime Llanes 15-2, 15-2
Indra Wijaya beat Antonio Ramir 15-2, 15-8
Joko Suprianto beat Arolas Amahit 15-4, 15-1
Sigit Budiarto/Chandra Wijaya beat Melvin Llanes/Ian Piencenaves 15-6, 15-6
Rexy Mainaky/Ricky Subagja beat Naresh Ramnani/Anthony Ave 15-2, 15-2

Morning Session
Indonesia beat Malaysia 5-0
(Indonesian names first)
Susi Susanti beat Lee Yin Yin 11-2, 11-3
Mia Audina beat Ishwari Boopathy 11-1, 11-1
Meiluawati beat Woon Sze Mei 11-7, 11-3
Eliza Nathanael/Resiana Zelin beat Chong Nga Fan/Ang Li Peng 15-1, 15-3
Indarti Isoliana/Denyana Lomban beat Lee Yin Yin/Norashikin Amin 15-3, 15-5

Afternoon Session
Thailand beat Singapore 3-2
(Thailand names first)
Pornsawan Plungwech lost to Zarinah Abdullah 11-8, 6-11, 4-11
Thitikan Duangsiri lost to Chin Yeng Peng 8-11, 10-12
Natsaran Boorowametee beat Fatimah Lim Kumin 11-6, 11-8
Saralee Toongthongkam/Ticha Boonyarak beat Zarinah Abdullah/Lee Yue Zanetta 15-8, 15-1
Pornsawan Plungwech/Somharuthai Jaroensiri beat Fatimah Lim Kumin/Chin Yeng Peng 15-3, 15-1