MALAYSIAN OPEN: TOP PLAYERS OPT OUT
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July 7, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Newly crowned men's singles world champion
Peter Rasmussen of Denmark has withdrawn his name from the list of entries at
the Malaysian Open scheduled for July 9-13 at Kota Kinabalu. Rasmussen is
reported to be suffering from a training injury.
1996 Olympic men's singles gold medalist Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen, also of
Denmark, is likewise giving the Malaysian Open a bye. Hoyer did not enter his
name for the tournament in Kota Kinabalu and is currently in training at the
National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes, England.
In a late development, Dong Jiong, one of China's heroes in their successful
defense of the world mixed team championship in Glasgow in May and the 1996
Olympic men's singles silver medalist, also withdrew from the tournament due
Men's doubles world champions Sigit Budiarto and Indra Wijaya of Indonesia
are also among the notables who will be absent from the Malaysian Open. And
the top Malaysian duo of Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock, the 1996 Olympic
silver medalists and also the 1997 world championships silver medalists behind
Sigit and Wijaya, are not competing as a pair. Yap is said to be recovering
from injury, and the Malaysians have temporarily paired Cheah with Chew Choon
With the three top men's singles names absent from the Malaysian Open, Joko
Suprianto of Indonesia, the 1993 world champion, heads the seeds for the men's
singles event. Defending champion Ong Ewe Hock of Malaysia is seeded second,
with the rising Danish star Peter Gade-Christensen seeded third. Malaysian
veteran Rashid Sidek is the fourth seed.
In men's doubles, 1996 Olympic gold medalists Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky
of Indonesia are the top seeds. Bronze medalists Denny Kantono and Antonius
Iriantho are the second seeds.
Women's singles world champion Ye Zhaoying of China is the top seed in her
event followed by Susi Susanti of Indonesia.
The world champion pair of Ge Fei and Gu Jun from China is the top pick in
women's doubles, and another world champion pair from China, Liu Yong and Ge
Fei, tops the entries in the mixed doubles event.
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