ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: LAST-MINUTE SUB SURPRISES NINTH SEED
** This NEW SHUTTLENWS REPORT is presented by badminton world champions
YANG YANG (1987 and 1989) and ZHAO JIAN HUA (1991) and by
YANG YANG BADMINTON PRODUCTS **
September 3, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Ramesh Nathan of Malaysia was not listed
to play in the Asian badminton championships being held in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia until yesterday when he was added to the men's singles competition
together with teammate Lo Ah Heng. Nathan and Lo were put in as last minute
substitutes to fill out the draw after Kyrgyzstan withdrew from the tournament
at the last minute.
Not only was Nathan lucky enough to get into the tournament. He was twice
lucky since he also got a first-round bye. But that was supposed to be the end
of his luck, because he was slated to meet ninth seed Lin Liwen of China in
the second round today.
Nathan though made the most of his opportunity. He played Lin hard in the
first game until Lin wilted in the energy-sapping Malaysian heat. Nathan took
the first game from the tiring Lin 17-16 and then decisively outplayed the
Chinese player in the second 15-2.
In other action, top seeded men's singles player Sun Jun of China had an easy
second-round match, beating Mahbubur Rab of Bangladesh 15-4 and 15-1.
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