WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: ENGLAND'S HALL STUNS KOREA'S PARK SUNG WOO
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May 21, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - English men's singles player Darren Hall
played one of the best games of his career tonight in the badminton world team
championships' Group 1A fixture between England and Korea.
Hall had all his shots working in the early going against Korea's Park Sung
Woo, grabbing a 5-0 lead. Hall combined deep clears and tight net shots to
move Park around the court, patiently constructing rallies until he got Park
to commit an error or until he could unload a crosscourt smash.
Park was able come back somewhat at 5-6 as Hall tired and some of his shots
started to fly out-of-bounds. Park, however, also tired and he was at times
trying to catch his breath in between rallies.
Hall again raced to another 5-point lead at 10-5 and then increased his lead
Park again came back 10-14 as Hall started to commit errors.
Finally, Hall scored the winner to take the first 15-10.
In the second, it was Park who got the early lead 5-0 as Hall seemed to have
problems with the lights on his end of the court.
Park, though, tired again as Hall put him through some long rallies. Hall
caught up at 5-all. The two exchanged leads until 9-all when Park strung
several points together on a tiring and erratic Hall to get to game point
Hall came back slowly with the same type of combinations - clears, crosscourt
clears, drops, net shots and then the scoring crosscourt smash.
Hall equalized at 14-all.
In the setting, both players looked tired. Park scored first but Hall got the
point back and then got to match point with a crosscourt smash. Park greeted
a short serve from Hall with a return to the net, giving Hall the victory.
Hall's surprising win gave England high hopes and a tie with Korea at one
Earlier, Olympic mixed doubles gold medalist Lim Dong Moon had teamed up with
silver medalist Ra Kyung Min to defeat Simon Archer and Julie Bradbury 15-13
Kim Ji Hyun deflated England's high spirits after Hall's victory when she
beat Julia Mann in a women's singles encounter 11-5 and 11-1.
Ha Tae Kwon and Kang Kyung Jina then clinched the fixture for Korea when
they overpowered Simon Archer and Chris Hunt in a men's doubles match 15-8
Kim Shin Young and Chung Jae Hee finished off the English with a 15-6 and
15-8 win over Julie Bradbury and Donna Kellogg.
In Group 1B, Denmark beat Sweden 4 matches to one.
Camilla Martin took the women's singles match with an easy 11-3and 11-3
victory over Marina Andrievskaya.
Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen followed with a 15-6 and 15-3 mixed doubles
drubbing of Jens Olsson and Astrid Crabo.
Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen took half of a game in the men's singles match with
Rikard Magnusson before he found his rhythm and touch. The Swede had gotten
the lead but once Stuer got his rhythm, the Dane caught up.
Stuer and Magnusson were even at 13-all but the Dane was clicking by then
with tight net shots, backhand drops and steep smashes. Stuer took the
tiebreak 5 points to 1 to make the score 18-14.
The second was all Stuer's as he steamrollered Magnusson 15-1.
Stuer's win clinched the fixture for Denmark.
Thomas Stavngaard and Jim Laugessen then played Peter Axelsson and Par-Gunnar
Jonsson of Sweden. Stavngaard and Laugessen beat the Swedes 15-11 and 17-14.
Marina Andrievskaya and Catrine Bengtsson got the sole win for Sweden in the
closing women's doubles match against Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen and Marlene
Thomsen. Lisbet Stuer was off-form and she seemed bothered by a knee injury.
Her shots lacked power and steepness, making it easy for the Swedes to pick
off her shots.
Andrievskaya and Bengtsson took the women's doubles match 15-9 and 15-3.
The losses by England and Sweden tonight combined with their losses last
night puts the two teams at the bottom of their groups in division 1. The
two teams will play each other in a relegation playoff to decide who stays in
division 1 and who drops down to division 2.
Results of the fixtures this morning:
Ukraine beat the Czech Republic 5 matches to none
Wales beat Switzerland 5-0
Australia beat Austria 4-1
Hong Kong beat Finland 5-0
France beat Belgium 5-0
Portugal beat Belarus 5-0
Estonia beat Greece 5-0
Lithuania beat Armenia 5-0
Results of fixtures this afternoon:
Taiwan beat Thailand 3-2
Germany beat Japan 3-2
Ireland beat Kazakhstan 4-1
Spain beat Peru 4-1
Mauritius beat Israel 3-2
South Africa beat Jamaica 4-1
Results of fixtures this evening:
Korea beat England 4-1
Denmark beat Sweden 4-1
Malaysia beat Russia 3-2
Netherlands beat Canada 5-0
Lithuania beat Estonia 3-2
Armenia beat Chile 5-0
Slovenia beat Pakistan 3-2
Sri Lanka beat Guatemala 4-1
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