KOREAN OPEN: RASMUSSEN BEATS TOP SEED THEN LOSES
(from a report filed by YANG YANG BADMINTON SHUTTLES)
January 22, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - It was an up-and-down day at the
Samsung Korean Open badminton tournament for Peter Rasmussen of Denmark,
the recently-crowned Japan Open men's singles champion. He started off
by eliminating the top-seeded Fung Permadi of Taipei in a three-game match
15-8, 1-15 and 15-9.
In a third-round match later on against Yong Hock Kin of Malaysia, Rasmussen
who plays a very aggressive and attacking style did not have much left in his
smashes. On the other hand, Yong was able to smash his way past the defenses
of the tired Danish player.
Yong took the first game from Rasmussen 15-8. In the second, Rasmussen
scrambled back to gain deuce at 13-all and then put enough of his game
together to squeeze past Yong 18-17.
In the deciding third game, the earlier three-game match with Permadi and
the long, punishing second game took its toll on Rasmussen. His attacks were
without their usual sting and Yong was able to defend well against the
Dane, as well as to unload scoring attacks of his own. Yong took the decider
With the elimination of the top-seeded Permadi and the hot non-seed
Rasmussen, second-seed Rashid Sidek of Malaysia has become the favourite
to win the Korean Open men's singles crown. Sidek beat Jaime Llanes of the
Philippines in the second round 15-3 and 15-2, and Kim Jae Hyun of Korea
in the third 15-1 and 15-3.
Olympic silver medalist Dong Jiong of China who was entered in the tourney
had earlier withdrawn from competition. Dong was recalled to China after his
early round loss at the Japan Open last week.
Crowding Sidek for the title are Ong Ewe Hock (Malaysia) who beat Korean
Kim Jong Gil 12-15, 15-3 and 15-8, Indra Wijaya (Indonesia) who beat Kim
Young Hyun (Korea) 15-12 and 15-12, Jeffer Rosobin (Indonesia) who defeated
Hang Dong Sung (Korea) 15-8 and 15-11, Budi Santoso (Indonesia) who beat
Richard Vaughn (Wales) 1507 and 15-9, Park Sung Woo (Korea) who defeated
Ng Kean Kok (Malaysia) 15-2 and 15-2, Kim Hak Kyun (Korea) who eliminated
Peter Knowles (England) 15-2 and 15-11, and Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen (Denmark)
who defeated Pang Chen (Malaysia) 15-9 and 15-7.
In men's doubles, top-seeds Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock of Malaysia
opened their title campaign by soundly thrashing Brent Olynyk and Iain Sydie
of Canada 15-5 and 15-2. Second-seeds Rudy Wijaya and Tony Gunawan of
Indonesia kept pace by defeating Malaysians Chang Kim Wai and Cheah Soon Thoe
15-6, 8-15 and 15-4.
In women's singles, all of the Indonesian entries were eliminated. Their
best player here at the Korean Open, Meiluawati, ranked 12th in the world,
went down to an 8-11, 11-5 and 11-9 defeat at the hands of Korea's Kim
Another top Indonesian, Lidya Djaelawidjaya, was upset by Canadian veteran
Denyse Julien 11-7 and 11-4. Julien's smashes were finding the floor today
past the Indonesian girl's defenses, while Djaelawidaya was self-destructing
with many unforced errors.
In women's doubles, the second-seeds, Indarti Isolina and Denyana Lomban
of Indonesia, were shown the exit door by a pair of Chinese singles aces,
Gong Zhichao and Zhang Ning.
Gong and Zhang made a big comeback in the first game. Down 5-13, the Chinese
pair battled back to a 14-all tie and then won at 17-14. In the second game,
the Indonesians had the Chinese pair in trouble with pushes and drives to
the backcourt, but they could not sustain the pressure. Gong and Zhang were
able to recover and then win 15-9.
Top-seeds Eliza Nathanael and Resiana Zelin remained in contention, winning
their match today against Ling Wang Ting and Koon Wai Chee of Hong Kong
15-2 and 15-12.
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