RUSSIAN OPEN: HOYER BREAKS POST-OLYMPIC SLUMP
** This NEW SHUTTLENWS REPORT is presented by badminton world champions
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August 31, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark finally
broke out of a year-long international Open title slump today at the Russian
Open badminton tournament in Moscow. Hoyer, who had won an Olympic Games gold
medal in early August last year, beat his young compatriot Kenneth Jonassen in today's men's
singles championship match, one of five all-Denmark finals.
Hoyer started out slowly and poorly in today's match while Jonassen began by
blasting away with opportunistic smashes and power shots. Hoyer was erratic in
the early going and handed the younger Jonassen the lead with his errors.
The Olympic gold medalist settled down in the later part of the first game
and started timing his soft blocks of Jonassen's smashes properly as well as
keeping his own shots in. Hoyer got the lead back and pushed ahead to a 15-12
first game win.
In the second game, Hoyer was in full control and easily won 15-2.
The Russian Open title is Hoyer's first Open championship victory since he
won the men's singles gold medal at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Hoyer has been
close in several Open tournaments since then but has been losing in either the
finals or semifinals. Before his victory today, the only tournament that he
had won after the Olympics was the invitational Danish Masters in late
In the women's singles final match, the fifth-seeded Mette Pedersen beat an
uninspired Mette Sorensen 11-2 and 11-2. Sorensen, the fourth seed who had
pulled off an upset of top-seeded teammate Camilla Martin yesterday, did not
have her winning form today.
In the men's doubles championship, third seeds Jon Holst-Christensen and
Michael Sogaard defeated second-seeds Jim Laugessen and Thomas Stavngaard 15-9
Holst also won the mixed doubles title with partner Ann Jorgensen. Holst and
Jorgensen, though, had to battle with Janek Roos and Helene Kirkegaard in the
first two games before taking the crown in the decider.
The unseeded pair of Roos and Kirkegaard took the first game from Holst and
Jorgensen, also unseeded, 15-8. Roos and Kirkegaard tried to press for the win
in the second but the experience, power and quickness of Holst combined with
Jorgensen's skills helped pull the Holst-Jorgensen combo even with a 15-10
In the decider, Holst and Jorgensen were too much for Roos and Kirkegaard,
winning at 15-4.
But Kirkegaard did not go away from the Russian Open finals without a
title. She and partner Rikke Olsen, the top seeds in women doubles, beat the
second seeds Ann Jorgensen and Majken Vange 15-2 and 15-9.
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