MALAYSIAN OPEN: LIU AND GE TRIUMPH; JOKO OUSTED
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July 12, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Mixed doubles world champions Liu Yong and
Ge Fei of China confirmed their supremacy at today's finals of the Malaysian
Open badminton championships at the Likas Indoor Stadium of the Sports
Complex in Kota Kinabalu. In a rematch of the world championships finalsts,Liu
and Ge repeated their victory over Jens Eriksen and Marlene Thomsen of Denmark
15-12 and 15-1.
Liu and Ge are undefeated in open competition ever since they started playing
together early this year. The only blemish on the world champions' record is
a loss in the world mixed team championships to Koreans Kim Dong Moon and
Ra Kyung Min.
In men's singles semifinal action, 9-to-16 seed Hermawan Susanto of Indonesia
upset the top-seeded Joko Suprianto, also of Indonesia, 15-1 and 15-2. The
31-year old Suprianto, who was severely tested by Luo Yigang of China last
night in the quarterfinals, was practically immobile and was unable to match
Susanto's mobility and shot placements.
A member of the Indonesian squad said after the match that Suprianto had been
exhausted after his 3-game match with Luo and that the veteran had not had
enough time to recover his energy even after a night's rest.
3-to-4 seed Peter Gade Christensen of Denmark won the other men's singles
semifinal, beating 5-to-8 seed Budi Santoso of Denmark 15-10, 15-7.
In the women's singles semifinals, world champion and top-seed Ye Zhaoying
of China easily handled her junior teammate Zhou Mi 11-3 and 11-5, while
second-seed Susi Susanti of Indonesia had her hands full against the tall
left-hander Dai Yun of China, a 3-to-4 seed.
It took Susanti, an Olympic gold medalist and a former world champion, three
games before she could subdue Dai and claim her place in the finals against
Ye. The scoreline: 11-7, 9-11 and 11-5.
In men's doubles, top-seeds Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky of Indonesia were
in great form as they wiped out host Malaysia's last remaining entry, the
3-to-4 seeded pair of Lee Wan Wah and Choon Tan Fook. Ricky and Rexy beat
the Malaysians 15-7 and 15-1.
Second-seeds Denny Kantono and Antonius Iriantho also won their semifinal
match to assure Indonesia of at least one championship. Kantono and Antonius
defeated the other 3-to-4 seeds, Yoo Yung Sung and Lee Dong Soo of Korea,
15-10 and 15-13.
In women's doubles, top-seeds Ge Fei and Gu Jun of China continued to show
why they are world champions. Ge and Gu beat the defending Malaysian Open
champions and 3-to-4 seeds Marlene Thomsen and Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen of
Denmark 15-12 and 15-2.
3-to-4 seeds Liu Lu and Qian Hong of China defeated teammates Huang Nanyan
and Liu Zhong 18-15 and 15-8 in the other women's doubles semifinal.
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