ONG ELIMINATES HOYER AGAIN
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by YANG YANG Badminton Equipment)
October 26, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - For the second tournament in a row,
Ong Ewe Hock of Malaysia defeated the Olympic badminton men's singles
champion from Denmark, Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen, in the semifinals of a
major badminton tournament.
Ong beat the top-seeded Hoyer-Larsen in two tightly-contested games,
15-13 and 15-12, to oust the Olympic champion from the running at the
German Open in Saarbrucken.
At the Danish Open last week in Middlefart, Ong had also beaten the
highly-rated Dane in the semifinals 15-7, 7-15 and 15-9.
In the other men's singles semifinals, second-seed Rashid Sidek of
Malaysia beat the Danish Open champion, Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen of
Denmark, 15-11 and 15-7.
Sidek's win sets up an all-Malaysian final tomorrow with Sidek slightly
favored to beat his compatriot Ong. If Sidek, whose major tournament
victories have all taken place in Malaysia, wins the finals, he will
finally be able to put to rest his reputation as the "kampung (Malaysian
In the women's singles semifinals, the little known Chinese player, Yao
Jie, continued her run from the ranks of the unseeded by defeating
the 5th-to-8th seed, Mette Pedersen of Denmark, 12-10 and 11-4, to book
a spot in the finals. The Chinese player had previously upset the
top-seeded Yuliani Sentosa of Indonesia in the second round.
Yao will play Margit Borg of Sweden, the 11-6 and 11-3 winner over the
Indonesian Yuni Kartika in the other semifinal.
In women's doubles semifinal play, the second-seeded Dutch pair of Eline
Coene and Erica van den Heuvel beat the dangerous and upset-conscious
tandem of Anne Mette Bille of Denmark and Margit Borg of Sweden, 15-7
Bille and Borg had surprised the 3rd-and-4th seeds from Germany, Kerstin
Ubben and Katrin Schmidt, in the quarterfinals.
Top-seeds Denyana Lomban and Isoliana Indarti of Indonesia easily defeated
Marina Andrievskaya and Christine Gandrup of Sweden, 15-2 and 15-6, in
the other semifinal.
In the mixed doubles championship match played today, Trikus Heryanto and
Minarti Timur of Indonesia breezed past surprise finalists Jens Eriksen
and Anne Mette Bille of Denmark 15-1 and 15-6.
Bille was playing with Eriksen in the tournament as a last-minute
replacement for Eriksen's original partner, Marlene Thomsen. The scratch
pairing had to play their way thru a gauntlet of seeded teams to make
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