INDONESIAN OPEN: RICKY AND REXY, ARBI BEATEN IN SEMIS
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July 19, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Olympic men's doubles gold medalists Ricky
Subagja and Rexy Mainaky of Indonesia were upended by Koreans Lee Dong Soo and
Yoo Yung Sung in a gruelling three-game semifinal match today at the
Indonesian Open badminton championships being held at the Bhinekka Stadium in
the city of Solo, Central Java. The Olympic champions' loss was the only black
mark in the host country's performance today with Indonesians sweeping all the
other semifinal matches and assuring the hosts of at least 4 titles.
Ricky and Rexy led for most of the first game as their strong defense kept
the fast and agressive Korean pair at bay. However, Lee and Yoo's combination
of fast driving shots, aggressive net play and powerful smashes became more
effective as the game went on and the Indonesians' defenses started to weaken.
Lee and Yoo took the first game 15-13.
In the second game, Ricky and Rexy were in control as the Koreans seemed to
tire from their first game efforts. The Olympic medalists easily won the
In the decider, the Indonesian pair had the lead again, but the Koreans got
their quick, agressive game going and managed to turn back the Indonesians at
match point and to catch up at 14-all.
Lee and Yoo continued their fast driving attacks in the three-point tiebreak,
focusing their shots on Subagja and drawing point-scoring errors from the
Indonesian player to win the third game at 17-14.
Lee and Yoo's victory puts them into the finals against world champions Sigit
Budiarto and Chandra Wijaya of Indonesia who defeated teammates Denny Kantono
and Antonius Budi Iriantho 15-3 and 17-15. The two Koreans will be the only
visiting players in the finals.
In the men's singles semifinals, Ardy Wiranata continued his comeback from a
bout with hepatitis A almost a year ago by defeating a tired Heryanto Arbi
15-4 and 15-5. Wiranata's defensive style easily negated Arbi's smashes and
smash-net kill combinations. Arbi who had to play a three-game quarterfinal
match yesterday did not seem to running on full power today.
Marleve Mainaky of Indonesia won the other men's singles semifinal, defeating
Yong Hock Kin of Malaysia 15-5 and 15-5. Mainaky applied the pressure on the
Malaysian with fast play early in the match. Yong was more than a step slow
today and he could not cope with Mainaky.
After the Mainaky-Yong match, a member of the Malaysian team said that Yong
was tired and exhausted going into the semifinal and that the quarterfinal
encounter with Peter Gade-Christensen of Denmark had sapped Yong's energy
In the women's events, Indonesian players conquered their Korean and Japanese
opponents and, because of the absence of Chinese players due to visa problems,
were able to set up unusual all-Indonesian championship matches.
Susi Susanti will face off in a final against a teammate for the first time
in several years. Susanti's finals opponents in the past have usually been
Chinese or Korean. Tomorrow, her opposition will be fellow Indonesian
Had the Chinese been able to make it to the tournament, Susanti would
probably have had to play a very difficult semifinal against Gong Zhichao, the
world championships silver medalist and her new nemesis. Instead, she drew
Lee Joo Hyun of Korea and had an easy win 11-1 and 11-2.
Meiluawati beat teammate Ellen Engelina 12-10 and 11-4 in her semifinal
In women's doubles, Indonesian pairs Resiana Zelin and Eliza, and Finarsih
and Timur made it to the finals without having to contend with Chinese players
Ge Fei and Gu Jun, the world champions, and Tang Yongshu and Qin Yiyuan, the
world championships silver medalists.
Zelin and Eliza beat the last remaining European title contenders, Marlene
Thomsen and Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen 15-11 and 15-8, while Minarti Timur and
Finarsih defeated Japan's Yoshiko Iwata and Haruko Matsuda 15-8 and 15-9 in
In mixed doubles, Indonesia's Bambang Suprianto continued to win in his Grand
Prix circuit debut in the event. Bambang, a top men's doubles specialist with
many titles and a prestigious All-England championship to his credit, has been
trying his hand at mixed doubles and had won the Bumiputera International
earlier this month with partner Rosalina Riseu. In today's semifinals, Bambang
and Riseu beat teammates Sandiarto and Finarsih 15-5 and 18-13.
In another all-Indonesian semifinal, Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur
defeated Imam Tohari and Ema Ermawati 15-6 and 15-8.
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