INDONESIAN OPEN: ALL FIVE TITLES GO TO INDONESIA
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July 20, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Players from host country Indonesia took all
of the five event championships at the Indonesian Open badminton championships
which was completed today. Indonesia had gone into today's championship
matches at the Bhinekka Stadium in Solo, Java with four titles already in the
bag - the men's singles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles
finals were all-Indonesian affairs. Only the men's doubles championship
tussle had a visiting pair of players matched up against Budiarto Sigit and
Chandra Wijaya, the world champions from Indonesia.
The Indonesian sweep though was completed with players from China not
participating in the tournament because of processing delays with their
Indonesian visas. These players included world champions Ye Zhaoying (women's
doubles), Ge Fei and Gu Jun (women's doubles), and Liu Yong (mixed doubles
with Ge Fei), as well as world championships silver medalists Sun Jun (men's
singles), Gong Zhichao (women's singles), and Tang Yongshu and Qin Yiyuan
Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur took the first title for the host country,
winning the mixed doubles finals. Trikus was all over the court, attacking
with tricky, jumping strokes from the backcourt and darting to the net area
for putaways, while Minarti provided excellent support at the front as well as
the rearcourt. The Trikus-Minarti combination proved too much for men's
doubles specialist and mixed doubles "novice" Bambang Suprianto and partner
Rosalina Riseu, with Trikus and Minarti taking the victory in a little over 45
minutes, 15-11 and 15-6.
Susi Susanti followed with another Indonesian Open women's singles title. She
defeated young teammate Meiluawati 11-4 and 11-5. Susanti used her patented
style of long, energy-sapping rallies to take the first game. In the second
game, Meiluawati was able to take the initiative early with fast, aggressive
play. However, the young Indonesian could not maintain the pace and Susanti
soon dictated the way the game was going, again playing the long rallies that
often forced Meiluawati into an error.
Ardy Wiranata was the third Indonesian entry to take top honours. Ardy beat
unseeded compatriot Marleve Mainaky 15-9 and 15-3 to win his sixth Indonesian
Open men's singles title and to complete an almost year-long comeback from a
bout with hepatitis A.
In the women's doubles final, Resiana Zelin and Eliza defeated the new
pairing of veterans Minarti Timur and Finarsih 15-10 and 15-5.
In the finale of championship day, men's doubles world champions Budiarto
Sigit and Chandra Wijaya battled it out with Koreans Lee Dong Soo and Yoo
Yung Sung who had upset Olympic champions Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky in
The two pairs played at a super-quick and furious pace with smashes
thundering and drive shots flashing across the net. Sigit and Wijaya though
were the quicker and the steadier of the combatants and they beat the Koreans
15-9 and 15-10 to complete the Indonesian title sweep.
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