CHINA WINS BOTH SINGLES AT THAI OPEN, INDONESIA THE DOUBLES
Sigit and Wijaya Win Third Title In Four Tries
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by J. Chang for YANG YANG Badminton Equipment)
November 16, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Two of China's ace singles players
today defeated their finals opponents at the badminton Thailand Open and
claimed both men's and women's singles titles for China.
Not to be outdone, Indonesian doubles teams won the men's and women's
doubles titles that were at stake today. The mixed doubles championship
had already been decided yesterday with Indonesians Trikus Heryanto
(or, as the Indonesians write it, Tri Kusharyanto) and Minarti Timur
beating compatriots Flandy and Riseu, 15-5 and 15-7.
In men's singles, Olympic silver medalist Dong Jiong beat world number
one Joko Suprianto of Indonesia, 15-13 and 15-7, in an exciting 44-minute
The top-seeded Indonesian started off in the first game with a deadly
combination of smashes and drops that got him a 2-0 lead. The score went
to 4-2 as the second-seeded Dong got back into the game with his deceptive
leaping smashes and drops.
Dong managed to equalize at 4-4 and then seized the lead at 6-5. With
Dong slightly ahead 7-5, Joko fought back to himself equalize and pass
The two then staged several furious rallies and exchanged leads. At
9-all, Dong scored twice on a combination of leaping shots to take the
lead for good at 11-9.
However, Joko was not yet done as he again fought back to try to equalize.
Dong, though, was in top form. Despite Joko's scrambling, blocking, and
jump-smashing efforts, the Chinese player stretched his lead and reached
game point at 14-11.
Still, Joko fought on and tallied 2 markers to close the gap 14-13. The
Chinese player steadied himself. He managed to retrieve the serve to stop
the Indonesian scoring surge. He then scored the game-winning point with
a powerful smash to the sideline beyond Suprianto's reach.
In the second game, Dong raced to a commanding early lead as Suprianto's
game turned erratic with his shots hitting the net or landing out-of-bounds.
With the score at 8-1 in Dong's favor, Suprianto began to find his wind
and his game. He cut down on his errors and went on the attack. With some
crosscourt smashes and very deceptive drops, he outscored Dong 6 points
to 1 to close the gap to 9-7, Dong still ahead.
Dong then stepped up the tempo. With fast attacking play and pinpoint
shots in the net area, Dong induced a tiring Suprianto into several errors
that the Chinese player turned into 3 points. The score: 12-7 in Dong's
Dong got to match point on fast rallies, ending these with accurate drop
shots that the Indonesian was unable to defend successfully. Dong then
won the match when Suprianto smashed a high Dong shot into the net.
The women's singles match was between 3-4 seeds Wang Chen of China and
Kim Ji Hyun of Korea. Kim demolished the young and nervous Chinese player
in the first game 11-2.
In the second game, Wang, the 1994 world junior champion, bore down and
beat Kim 11-5. The decider also went Wang's way 11-7.
In the women's doubles finals, the Indonesian pair of Denyana Lomban and
Isoliana Indarti easily defeated Marlene Thomsen and Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen
of Denmark, 15-9 and 15-4.
The men's doubles final between the super-hot Indonesian pair of Sigit
Budiarto and Chandra Wijaya and the Korean tandem of Ha Tae Kwon and Kang
Kyung Jin was an exciting matchup.
The first game of the men's doubles final went to the Indonesians who used
their quickness around the court against the taller and heavier Koreans to
win 15-11. In the second game, Ha and Kang changed tactics and played
prolonged rallies to neutralize Sigit and Wijaya's quickness. The Korean
tactics worked as the Indonesians tired and slowed down, dropping the game
In the decider, none of the two pairs could gain the upper hand. The
Indonesians and the Koreans exchanged leads and services many times until
SIgit and Wijaya pulled ahead late into the game to win at 15-12.
For the newly-formed Indonesian pair of Sigit and Chandra Wijaya, the Thai
Open is their third championship in four attempts. They won the U.S. Open
in September, their very first international tournament together. At that
tourney, they beat the Olympic bronze medalists, Antonius Iriantho and
Denny Kantono of Indonesia, in the semifinals and then the Olympic silver
medalists, Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock of Malaysia, in the finals.
They then followed that championship with the China Open three weeks ago
where they defeated the Olympic gold medalists, Ricky Subagja and Rexy
Mainaky of Indonesia, in the finals.
Sigit and Chandra Wijaya, though, are not new to the international
circuit. Sigit used to play with Dicky Purwotsugiono and the two were
highly rated in the world ranking lists as were Chandra Wijaya and former
partner Ade Sutrisna. Sigit and Purwotsugiono had won the Swiss Open earlier
this year while Wijaya and Sutrisna have the 1995 U.S. Open championship
in their list of top finishes.
However, the two seem to play better together than with their previous
partners, given the three championships in four tries that they have won
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