BADMINTON WORLD CUP STARTS TODAY
by Mike Grossman
December 11, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - The World Cup of badminton, an
invitational event featuring top exponents of the sport from various
countries, starts today at the Istorya Senayan stadium in Jakarta,
The tournament is similiar in format to the recently concluded World
Grand Prix Finals - the competition starts with a round-robin phase,
followed by semifinals and finals.
16 top men's singles players headed by Olympic champion Poul-Erik
Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark and Grand Prix Finals champion Fung Permadi
of Chinese Taipei will be taking part, as will 12 top women's singles
players, 8 top men's doubles pairs, 6 top women's doubles teams and
6 top mixed doubles combinations.
The men's singles players are divided into 4 groups of 4 for the
first stage. Seeded players in each group are Hoyer, Permadi, Dong Jiong
of China, and Ong Ewe Hock of Malaysia.
Current world number one Joko Suprianto of Indonesia, Olympic bronze
medalist Rashid Sidek of Malaysia and Grand Prix Finals runner-up Sun
Jun of China are not competing. Suprianto and Sun were injured during
the Grand Prix Finals while Sidek has begged off in order to rest.
The women's singles players are pooled into 4 groups of 3. Group seeds
are Susi Susanti and Mia Audina of Indonesia, and Ye Zhaoying and Wang
Chen of China.
The men's doubles players are split into 2 groups of 4 teams each. Seeds
in the men's doubles are Kantono and Antonius of Indonesia, Cheah and Yap of
Malaysia. Olympic and Grand Prix Finals champions Subagja and Mainaky of
Indonesia are also competing.
The women's and mixed doubles teams are pooled into two groups of 3 in
each of the two disciplines. Top women's doubles seeds are Isoliana and
Lomban of Indonesia, and Eliza and Zelin, also of Indonesia. Heading the
mixed doubles entries are Kusheryanto and Timur of Indonesia and Sogaard
and Rikke Olsen of Denmark.
The World Cup has historically been the richest badminton competition, but
its 185,000 U.S. dollar purse has been surpassed this year by the U.S. Open
and the World Grand Prix Finals.
The World Cup is also usually held earlier in the year before the World
Grand Prix Finals. But with the Olympics impacting the competition calendar
this year, it is being held only this week.
Because of the crowding on the tournament schedule and the advent of richer
tournaments, this year's World Cup may be one of the last to be held as the
International Badminton Federation reviews its calendar.
In this year's competition, the sport federation is also trying out some
rule changes. The score at which setting or deuce may be selected in a
15-point game is being simplified to 14-all instead of 13-all and 14-all. If
the first player or team to reach 14 chooses to set, there first player or
pair to score 3 points wins. (In women's singles which is only played to 11
points, the setting score is 10-all and the tiebreak or setting will be
A 90-second interval between the first and second games of a match is
also being tried at this World Cup. Normally, there is no break between the
first and second games, and the second game starts as soon as the two players
or pairs have changed sides.
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