U.S. OPEN: USA'S HAN ESCAPES ELIMINATION
** 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 10, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The USA's top badminton player, Kevin
Han, escaped elimination yesterday at the U.S. Open badminton championships being
held in the southern California city of Orange. Han, seeded fourteenth in the
men's singles event, scraped past Japan's Tadashi Ohtsuka in a second round
match that went to three games.
Han took the first 15-6, but Ohtsuka battled back in the second to even the
match up with a 15-9 win. In the decider, the tall Chinese-American outplayed
Men's singles top-seed Dong Jiong of China had an easy second-round win
over young Howard Bach of the USA 15-7 and 15-3, while second-seed Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen
of Denmark trounced qualifier Patrice Ritchie of Canada 15-2 and 15-2.
World men's singles champion Peter Rasmussen of Denmark returned to
international competition yesterday for the first time after winning the
world championship in early June. Rasmussen, seeded third at the U.S. Open,
beat Jon Frisch of the USA 15-4 and 15-6 in another second-round match.
Fourth-seed Ardy Wiranata of Indonesia defeated Mark Manha of the USA 15-5
In women's singles, the top four seeds led by Camilla Martin of Denmark did
not see any action.
In men's doubles, top-seeds Antonius and Kantono of Indonesia whipped Budy
Sumarli and Ferdinand Rivera of the USA 15-4 and 15-9. Second-seeds Michael
Sogaard and Jon Holst-Christensen of Denmark toyed with Jean Philippe Goyette
and Jonathan Bolduc of Canada 15-2 and 15-1.
In women's and mixed doubles, none of the seeded pairs played yesterday.
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