WORLD CUP: WORLD DOUBLES CHAMPS ELIMINATED
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August 23, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Indonesians Chandra Wijaya and Budiarto
Sigit, the world badminton men's doubles champions, were eliminated today from
the World Cup competition being held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Wijaya and
Sigit were defeated by the Korean duo of Lee Dong Soo and Yoo Yung Sung , the
second-rated pair in the world number, in a semifinal matchup.
The world champions had began the match with their trademark combination of
speed, quickness and power. They easily and quickly took the first game from
Lee and Yoo, 15-8. However, in the second game, Wijaya and Sigit began to
commit many errors under pressure from the Koreans who also played a very
quick style combined with jumpsmashing power. Lee and Yoo managed to reverse
the outcome in the second, winning at 15-8.
After the five-minute rest period, the world champions seemed to have righted
their game and were leading 8-4 at the change of ends. Lee and Yoo though had
other ideas. They stepped up the tempo, surprising Wijaya and Sigit with their
increased pace. The Koreans caught up to the now error-prone world champions
at 10-10 and then grabbed the lead at 11-10 and 12-10.
Wijaya and Sigit managed to knot the match up at 12-all but the furious pace
seemed to have taken its toll on the world champions. Lee and Yoo notched the
next three points to win the game and the semifinal match 15-12.
In the other men's doubles semifinal, Olympic gold medalists Ricky Subagja
and Rexy Mainaky of Indonesia defeated Malaysians Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan
Fook 15-12 and 15-3.
In the men's singles semifinals, the veteran Joko Suprianto of Indonesia took
the measure of his youthful compatriot Indra Wijaya 15-13 and 15-10, and Sun
Jun of China whipped Ong Ewe Hock of Malaysia 15-11 and 15-1.
In the women's singles semifinals, world champion Ye Zhaoying of China
defeated Indonesia's Mia Audina 11-4, 5-11 and 11-5, while world number two
Susi Susanti of Indonesia overcame a 1-6 first game deficit against China's
Gong Zhichao to post a 13-10 and 11-9 victory (a proposed rule change where
the setting or tiebreak in case of a 10-all tie in women's singles and a
13-all score in the other events is a three-point affair is being tried at the
World Cup - Editor).
Susanti who had not beaten Gong in their previous meetings was bedeviled at
the start by Gong's usual tactics of multiple clears and reverse-slice drops.
Down 1-6, the Indonesian star player finally began to read Gong's shots and
climbed back into contention, countering Gong's play with lifts, tumbling net
shots and drops. Gong though still retained the upper hand and reached game
point at 10-8.
Susanti managed to pull even at 10-all and then beat a disheartened Gong
In the second, it was all Susanti for a while as the Indonesian pulled away
to a 9-0 lead before the young Chinese player mounted a comeback. Gong's
efforts however fell short and Susanti won the game and the match 11-9.
In the women's doubles semifinals, the Chinese pairs of Ge Fei and Gu Jun
and of Qin Yiyuan and Tang Yongshu guaranteed their country of at least one
World Cup championship as both duos won their matches against Indonesian
World champions Ge Fei and Gu Jun beat archrivals Rosiana Zelin and Eliza
once again 15-9 and 15-5. Qin and Tang defeated Indarti Isolina and Finarsih
15-4 and 15-9.
Ge Fei also gained the mixed doubles finals with partner Liu Yong. Liu and
Ge, the world mixed doubles champions, were initially troubled by the
lefthanded powerstrokes of Limpele Flandy, and the Chinese pair dropped the
opening game to Flandy and partner Rosalina Riseu 12-15.
Liu and Ge solved Flandy's style in the second and third games with the world
champions easily winning 15-7 and 15-2.
Indonesians Trikus Heryanto and MInarti Timur took the other mixed doubles
semifinal, whipping teammates Imam Tohari and Ema Ermawati 15-4 and 15-3.
Tomorrow's final matches:
Women's Doubles - Ge Fei/Gu Jun (China) vs. Qin Yiyuan/Tang Yongshu (China)
Women's Singles - Ye Zhaoying (China) vs. Susi Susanti (Indonesia)
Men's Singles - Sun Jun (China) vs. Joko Suprianto (Indonesia)
Mixed Doubles - Liu Yong/Ge Fei (China) vs. Trikus Heryanto/Minarti Timur (Indonesia)
Men's Doubles - Lee Dong Soo/Yoo Yung Sung (Korea) vs. Ricky Subagja/Rexy Mainaky (Indonesia)
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