HOYER-LARSEN SURVIVES TOUGH QUARTERFINAL BATTLE AT DANISH OPEN
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by YANG YANG Badminton Equipment)
October 18, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Atlanta Olympic badminton champion
Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark survived a tough men's singles
quarterfinal match against Hermawan Susanto of Indonesia earlier today
at the Danish Open of badminton taking place in Middlefart. With his win,
Hoyer-Larsen has booked a place in tomorrow's semifinals.
Hoyer-Larsen seemed to be on the easy road to victory when he demolished
the Indonesian player in the first game 15-2. Susanto, whose credentials
include an Olympic bronze medal from Barcelona and a world championships
silver medal in 1993, came roaring back in the second game to defeat the
Danish ace 15-5.
The two battled it out in the deciding third game with Hoyer-Larsen coming
out on top 15-10.
Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen, Denmark's number two at men's singles, and the
up-and-coming Danish player Peter Gade-Christensen also won their
quarterfinal matches and will face each other in one of the semifinal
Stuer-Lauridsen breezed thru in his quarterfinal match against Kenneth
Jonassen, another of the Danish future stars, 15-7 and 15-1.
Gade had to survive a 5-point overtime or setting in the third game of
his quarterfinal against Hendrawan of Indonesia, winning by the tightest
of margins at 18-17 to qualify for the semifinals. Gade and Hendrawan had
split the first two games with Gade taking the first 15-13 and the
Indonesian the second at 15-11.
Only Ong Ewe Hock of Malaysia was able to prevent a Danish sweep in the
men's singles when he defeated Martin Lundgaard Hansen 15-12 and 15-1.
Ong will face Hoyer-Larsen in the other men's singles semifinal match
In women's singles, Mette Pedersen of Denmark came from behind to upset
second-seed Yuliani Sentosa of Indonesia. Pedersen had lost the first
game to the Indonesian 6-11 and then came back strong to take the second
11-2. The two ladies then staged a third game battle royale that finally
went Pedersen's way 12-11.
The recently-wed Christine Gandrup (formerly Magnusson) of Sweden disposed
of the other remaining Indonesian in her quarterfinal match. She beat the
fourth seeded Lidya Djaelawidjaya in three games 7-11, 11-4 and 11-0.
Marina Andrievskaya, a transplanted Russian now playing out of Sweden,
defeated Anne Sondergaard of Denmark 11-5, 10-12 and 11-8 to book a place
in the semifinals.
Gong Zhichao of China qualified for the remaining semifinal berth with
her easy 11-1 and 11-0 conquest of the Welsh player Kelly Morgan.
Gong will play Gandrup in one of tomorrow's semifinals. Pedersen and
Andrievskaya are booked in the other semifinal match.
Copyright (c) 1996 by NEW SHUTTLENWS