SWISS OPEN: IMELDA SHAKES UP INDONESIAN PAIRINGS
by Mike Grossman
March 18, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Imelda Wigoeno Kurniawan, Indonesia's
national badminton women's and mixed doubles coach, has decided to try
out new combinations at this year's Swiss Open being held this week at
Saint Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.
In women's doubles, she is trying out Resiana Zelin with the jumpsmashing
Denyana Lomban. Zelin who partnered Eliza Nathanael to a runner-up finish at
last week's All-England Open where they lost the Olympic gold medalists Ge
Fei and Gu Jun of China one more time. Lomban together with Indarti Isolina
lost in the quarterfinal stage of the All-England.
Imelda is trying to find a combination who can defeat world number ones Ge
Fei and Gu Jun. Her current top pairing of Eliza and Zelin have a miserable
record against the Olympic gold medalists with no wins against a long string
In mixed doubles, she has paired her top male player, Tri Kusheryanto,
with Eliza, and has put Tri's regular partner with the tall lefthander Flandy
Nimpele. Eliza has a more powerful smash than Timur and should give Tri more
freedom to freelance in the mid and frontcourt areas where he is very
effective with his quickness and deception.
In the All-England mixed doubles finals last Saturday, the pair of Liu Yong
and Ge Fei maneuvered Timur to the backcourt, knowing they could easily defend
against her smash, and exploited Kusheryanto's penchant for playing in the
midcourt to defeat the Indonesians in two straight games 15-10 and 15-2.
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