NEWSBITS FROM THE GERMAN OPEN
compiled by Mike Grossman
October 29, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Here are some little-publicized
bits of news from the German Open:
== German Open champion Rashid Sidek of Malaysia had to beat three
high-quality Danes in a row to get to the finals - Peter Gade in the
sweet sixteens, Martin Lundgaard Hansen in the elite eight (quarterfinals),
and Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen in the final four (semifinals).
== Runner-up Ong Ewe Hock, also of Malaysia, beat Indonesian George
Rimarodi in the round-of-16, Hu Zhilan of China in the quarters, and,
for the second straight week, the Olympic champion Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen
in the semis.
== The German Open was the last tournament for Hoyer-Larsen for a while.
He next plans to play in the Grand Prix Finals in Bali, Indonesia in
the first week of December.
== Indonesia's best men's singles results at this German Open came from
Hermawan Susanto, Hendrawan and Rimarodi who all got shown the exit door
in the round-of-16.
== Hu Zhilan and Lin Liwen of China both made the quarters where Hu lost
to Ong and Lin lost to Stuer-Lauridsen.
== 5-8 seed Darren Hall and 9-16 seed Peter Knowles, both of England, did
== 9-16 seed Jens Olsson of Sweden was upset by Yong Hock Kin of Malaysia
in the second round. Yong was then eliminated by Hoyer in the sweet
== Top seed Yuliani Santoso of Indonesia was defeated by eventual champion
Yao Jie of China in the second round.
== Second seed Christine Gandrup fell to Mette Sorensen of Denmark in the
== Champion Yao Jie's road to the championship went through Monique
Hoogland of the Netherlands in the first round, Santoso in the second,
5-8 seed Marina Andrievskaya of Sweden in the quarters, 5-8 seed Mette
Pedersen of Denmark in the semis, and 5-8 seed Margit Borg of Sweden
in the finals.
== Yao started the tournament unseeded in the spot reserved in the
original draw for the second qualifier.
== Runnerup Margit Borg beat Heike Schonharting of Germany, Joanne
Muggeridge of England, 3-4 seed Anne Sondergaard of Denmark and Yuni
Kartika of Indonesia on her way to the finals.
== 3-4 seed Catrine Bengtsson of Sweden did not play, opening the door
for Julia Mann of England to make the quarterfinals.
== Kelly Morgan of Wales continued to play well with another quarterfinal
result. She beat Mette Sorensen of Denmark in the round-of-16 before losing
to Yuni Kartika in the elite eight.
== 5-8 seed Denyse Julien of Canada did not play. Compatriot Charmaine
Reed made the round-of-16.
== Champions Thomas Lund and Jon Holst-Christensen had a first-round bye
followed by wins over Yap Yee Hup and Yap Yee Guan of Malaysia, Halim and
Davis of Indonesia (quarterfinals), Axelsson and Jonsson of Sweden (semis),
and Victor Wibowo and Seng Kok Keong of Indonesia (finals).
== Runners-up Wibowo and Seng were unseeded. They beat the Danish Open
champions Stavngaard and Laugesen in the second round, 2-seeds Andreij
Antropov and Nikolaj Zuev of Russia in the quarters, and 5-8 seeds Chew
Choon Eng and Rosman Razak of Malaysia in the semis.
== 3-4 seeds Peter Axelsson and Par-Gunnar Jonsson bounced back from
a below-par performance at the Danish Open with a semifinal result at
this German Open.
== The other two quarterfinalist pairs were both from Denmark - 3-4 seeds
Christian Jakobsen and Jens Eriksen, and 5-8 seeds Peder Nissen and
== On their way to the German Open crown, the top-seeded Indonesian pair
of Denyana Lomban and Isoliana Indarti beat Peiffer and Vogelgang of
Germany, 5-8 seeds Nicole van Hooren and Brenda Conijn of the Netherlands,
5-8 seeds Marina Andrievskaya and Christine Gandrup of Sweden (semis),
and 2-seeds Eline Coene and Erica van den Heuvel of the Netherlands
== Finalists Coene and van den Heuvel defeated Majken Vange and Ann
Jorgensen of Denmark in the sweet sixteens, the 5-8 seeded English-Welsh
pair of Joanne Muggeridge and Kelly Morgan in the quarters, and the
unseeded Swedish-Danish duo of Margit Borg and Anne Mette Bille in the
== Anne Mette Bille has been the forgotten Danish female doubles
player this past 12 months or so. She used to be part of the top
Danish women's doubles combinations but has been without a regular
Danish partner for a while. Her performance at the German Open - a
semifinal berth in the women's doubles and a runner-up finish in the
mixed - shows that she can still play top-quality badminton.
== Tricky Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur of Indonesia took the
German Open title with an easy 15-1 and 15-6 finals win over the unseeded
scratch pair of Jens Eriksen and Anne Mette Bille of Denmark. Other
Heryanto-Timur victims at the the German Open include Jesper Larsen and
Majken Vange of Denmark in the quarters and the German-Dutch team of
Michael Keck and Erica van den Heuvel in the semis.
== Eriksen and Bille defeated the 2-seeds, Thomas Stavngaard and Ann
Jorgensen of Denmark, in the semis.
== Eriksen was originally entered in the draw with Marlene Thomsen
who did not play. Bille was a last minute replacement.
== Eriksen is making a habit of reaching the finals of top tourneys with
scratch partners. At the 1995 world championships in Switzerland, Eriksen
teamed up with Helene Kirkegaard to win the mixed doubles silver medal,
losing in the finals to one of the masters of the mixed event, Thomas
Lund and partner Marlene Thomsen.
== 3-4 seeds Peter Axelsson and Catrine Bengtsson did not play.
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