SIDEK WINS FIRST MAJOR CROWN OUTSIDE MALAYSIA
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by YANG YANG BAdminton Equipment)
October 27, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Rashid Sidek of Malaysia today
defeated compatriot and training partner Ong Ewe Hock in the men's
singles finals of the badminton German Open in Saarbrucken to claim
his first ever major title outside of Malaysia.
Sidek and Ong put on a competitive match in the the first game with
Sidek winning 15-11. In the second, Sidek played harder and made
good use of his knowledge of his training partner's weaknesses to
clinch the match at 15-2.
Sidek and Ong both belong to the Nusa Mahsuri professional badminton
group in Malaysia and are coached by MIsbun Sidek, Rashid's older
Sidek has had a reputation for being a great player only when he
plays at home and for being a good player when he plays elsewhere.
His victory at the German Open as well as his finals appearances
earlier this year at the All-England championships and the Atlanta
Olympics will put an end to that reputation.
In the women's singles finals, the surprising Yao Jie of China was much
too skilled and quick for Margit Borg of Sweden as she easily beat the
Swedish player 11-1 and 11-0.
Indonesians Denyana Lomban and Indarti Isoliana and Dutch players Eline
Coene and Erican van den Heuvel staged a thrilling women's doubles finals
The two teams battled through two games that both went to 5-point settings
or overtime. In both games, the Indonesians squeaked past Coene and van
den Heuvel to win the championship purse.
The women's doubles final score: 18-15 and 18-13.
In the men's doubles championship match, Thomas Lund and Jon Holst-
Christensen of Denmark play Indonesians Victo Wibowo and Seng Kok Keong.
Copyright (c) 1996 by NEW SHUTTLENWS