DONG JIONG AND YE ZHAOYING REPORTEDLY UPSET AT CHINA OPEN
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by YANG YANG Badminton Equipment) =0D
November 1, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - In sketchy and UNCONFIRMED reports=
from Guangdong, China, the Olympic men's singles silver medalist, Dong
Jiong of China, was reportedly upset in the third round of the China
Open by the unheralded Indonesian Salim.
Dong, the tournament top seed in men's singles, is reported to have
coasted to an easy win in the first game, but was unable to finish off
Salim in the second. The Indonesian won the second and also the decider
as the Chinese player's game reportedly became erratic.
Dong was playing in his first international tournament since the
Olympics. The lack of competitive and high-pressure play for the past
2 months would have affected his performance.
The second-seed, former world junior champion Sun Jun of China, is sai=
to be still in contention for the China Open men's singles title at the
The top-seed in women's singles, world champion Ye Zhaoying of China,
is also reported to have been upset in the third round by compatriot
Despite the elimination of the world champion, Chinese players are sai=
to still dominate the competition with Dai Yun and Wang Chen and one othe=
compatriot qualifying for the semifinals.
In men's doubles, the top Chinese entry of Huang Zhanzhong and Jiang X=
are said to have been defeated by Koreans Lee Dong Soo and Hwang Sun Ho i=
the second round. Like Dong, this China Open was the first international
competition since the Olympics for the Chinese pair.
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