GADE AND WIRANATA ROLL INTO JAPAN OPEN SEMIS
from a report filed by YANG YANG BADMINTON SHUTTLES
January 17, 1997 (New Shuttlenws) -The 9-16 seeded Peter Gade-Christensen
of Denmark and the unseeded Indonesian veteran Ardy Wiranata won their
men's singles quarterfinal matches today at the Japan Open badminton
tournament in Tokyo. Gade defeated Indonesian Budi Santoso in three
games while Wiranata, on the comeback trail after becoming sick with
hepatitis A, beat teammate Alan Budi Kusuma.
Gade had a tough time against Santoso who tried to counter Gade's
attack and aggression with slow, patient rallies. Santoso managed to
upset Gade's rhythm through most of the match with deep lifts and clears.
Gade dropped the first game to the patient Santoso 9-15. In the second
game, Gade had more opportunities to attack some of the Santoso lifts
and clears. Gade took the second 15-10.
In the third game, Santoso maintained his tactic of slowing play down and
engaging in long rallies. Gade maintained pace and kept running around the
court retrieving and returning shots. At 10-8, Gade changed to a short serve
and quickened the pace. This apparently caught Santoso off-guard and he was
unable to tally another point, giving Gade the game and the match at 15-8.
Wiranata had a much easier time against Kusuma, beating him 15-5 and 15-7.
Peter Rasmussen of Denmark and Park Sung Woo of Korea also won their men's
singles quarterfinal matches. The unseeded Rasmussen beat Jeroen van Dijk
of the Netherlands 15-8 and 15-12, while the 9-16 seeded Park defeated Indra
Wijaya of Indonesia 15-11 and 15-6.
Gade will play Park in one semifinal tomorrow while Wiranata and Rasmussen
are matched up in the other semifinal.
In women's singles, the top four seeds all won their quarterfinal matches.
Top seed Mia Audina of Indonesia again had to survive a tough challenge to
stay in the hunt. Audina and 5-8 seed Zhang Ning battled for each point in
the first two games, both of which went to setting at 10-all. Audina dropped
the first 10-12 and then won the second 12-10. In the third game, Audina
had the better of Zhang as she won 11-5.
Second seed Gong Zhichao of China beat Kim Ji Hyun of Korea 11-5 and 11-7.
3-4 seed Ye Zhaoying of China defeated Ra Kyung Min of Korea 12-11 and 11-8,
and Camilla Martin, the other 3-4 seed, beat Korea's Lee Joo Hyun 11-4 and
Audina will play Ye, and Gong faces off against Martin in tomorrow's
In men's doubles, Thomas Lund showed that his decision not to retire at
the end of 1996 was correct and that he had some more competitive play
left in his often-injured joints when he and partner Jon Holst-Christensen,
seeded 5-8 here, upset the red-hot Indonesian pair of Sigit Budiarto and
Chandra Wijaya of Indonesia, seeded 3-4. Lund and Holst beat Sigit and
Wijaya 15-12 and 15-8.
Lund and Holst's victory puts them in the semifinals against the top-seeds
Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky of Indonesia, who defeated the Korean 5-8
seeds Ha Tae Kwon and Kang Kyung Jin in two tightly contested games 18-14
The other semifinals will be between second seeds Cheah Soon Kit and Yap
Kim Hock of Malaysia, and 3-4 seeds Antonius Irianto and Denny Kantono of
Cheah and Yap beat Archer and Hunt of England 15-6 and 15-12, while
Kantono and Antonius defeated 5-8 seeds Zhang Wei and Liu Yong of China
15-9 and 15-9 in today's quarterfinals.
In women's doubles, the top four seeds all made it thru to the semifinals.
Top-seeds Eliza Nathanael and Rosiana Zelin of Indonesia beat a scratch
pair of singles specialists, Dai Yun and Ye Zhaoying of China, 15-8 and 15-7,
while second-seeds Ge Fei and Gu Jun of China defeated Takae Masumo and
Chikako Nakayama of Japan 15-10 and 15-3.
3-4 seeds Tang Yongshu and Qin Yiyuan of China eliminated Hiroko Nagamine
and Satomi Igawa of Japan 15-5 and 15-4 while the other 3-4 seeds, Marlene
Thomsen and Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen of Denmark, defeated another pair of
Chinese singles specialists, Gong Zhichao and Zhang Ning, 15-7 and 15-8.
In tomorrow's semifinals, Nathanael and Zelin will play Tang and Qin while
Ge and Gu face off against Thomsen and Stuer.
In mixed doubles second round action, top seeds Tri Kusheryanto and Minarti
Timur of Indonesia beat Swedes Henrik Andersson and Margit Borg 15-6 and
15-5, while second seeds Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen of Denmark defeated
Sudhisodhi and Plungwech of Thailand 15-4 and 15-1.
Other second round mixed doubles results:
5-8 seeds Jens Eriksen/Marlene Thomsen (Denmark) beat Mike Beres/Robbyn
Hermitage (Canada) 15-0 and 15-6
3-4 seeds Chen Xingdong/Peng Xingyong (China) beat Jens Olsson/Astrid Crabo
(Sweden) 15-8, 6-15 and 15-8
Ha Tae Kwon/Yim Kyung Jin (Korea) beat 5-8 seeds Thomas Stavngaard/Ann
Jorgensen (Denmark) 15-12, 4-15 and 15-9
5-8 seeds Lee Dong Soo/Park Soo Yun (Korea) beat Chan Siu Kwong/Ling Wan
Ting (Hong Kong) 15-3 and 15-1
Liu Yong/Ge Fei (China) beat 3-4 seeds Nimpele Flandy/Rosalina Riseu
(Indonesia) 15-8 and 15-2
5-8 seeds Peter Axelsson/Catrine Bengtsson (Sweden) beat Simon Archer/
Joanne Wright (England) 15-10 and 15-10
(Quarterfinal results in mixed doubles were not available).
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