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ASIAN JUNIORS: CHINESE DEPTH SINKS MALAYSIAN BOYS AND KOREAN GIRLS
June 18, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - China made good use of the depth of their
national junior squad yesterday at the finals of the Asian junior men's and
women's badminton team championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Chinese
boys had fallen behind to the Malaysians 0 matches to 2, but came back with
strong performances in the last three to retain the junior men's team crown.
The Chinese girls demolished Korea 5 matches to 0 and likewise retained the
junior women's team title that they had won in Manila, Philippines last year.
In the boy's team final, singles top-seed Zhang Yi of China was upset by
Malaysia's Yeoh Bin Kay 13-15 and 6-15; Zhang Yang and Chen Yu were then
beaten by Chan Chong Ming and Charles Khoo 15-12, 8-15 and 5-15, putting the
Chinese junior men behind 0-2. Cai Yun then whipped Ong Huck Lee 15-4 and
15-7 to post the final's first win for China. Zhang Yi and Jiang Shan followed
with a 15-9 and 15-11 victory over Tan Wei Meng and Teo Kok Seng to put the
outcome of the final in the hands of the third singles players - Xiao Li of
China and Allan Tai of Malaysia.
Tai who was Malaysia's hero in their semifinal upset of Indonesia on Tuesday
with his 15-6 and 15-13 victory over Hariawan in the third singles could not
come up with a similiar performance against Xiao. Xiao was the less nervous
and steadier yesterday and he easily beat the Malaysian 15-9 and 15-8 to give
China the junior men's team crown.
In the junior women's team final, the experienced Gong Ruina of China took
the first singles match, beating Lee Hyo Jung 11-8 and 11-8. Hu Ting beat Jun
Jae Hyun 11-7 and 13-10 to put China up 2-0. Gong then teamed up with Huang
Sui and defeated Lee and Jun Woul Sihk 15-4, 9-15 and 15-10 to clinch the
title for China.
China's Xie Xingfang and Dong Fang beat Lee Ji Sun and Lee Joon Boon 15-3 and
15-2 in the second doubles, and Rong Yi defeated Jun Woul Sihk in the third
singles 11-1 and 11-2 to complete the rout of Korea.
The Indonesian and Taiwanese boys finished in third place. Indonesia was
edged by Malaysia 2-3 in Tuesday's semifinals, while Taiwan was taken out by
Indonesia and Taiwan also finished in third place in the junior women's team
championships. Indonesia was nipped by Korea 2-3 in the semifinals. Taiwan was
whitewashed by China 0-5.
In the boys' team quarterfinals played on Tuesday morning, China beat India
3-2, Korea nipped Taiwan 3-2, Indonesia walloped Japan 5-0 and Malaysia
defeated Thailand 3-2.
In the girls' team quarterfinals played on Monday evening, China beat Sri
Lanka 3-2, Taiwan upset Japan 4-1, Korea defeated Malaysia 4-1, and Indonesia
put out Singapore 4-1.
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