GERMAN OPEN: DANISH WOMEN STUMBLE IN QUARTERFINALS
** This NEW SHUTTLENWS REPORT is presented by badminton world champions
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October 3, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The Danish badminton juggernaut at the
German Open badminton tournament being held in Saarbrucken was temporarily
sidetracked today, when three of the seeded Danish players were defeated by
non-Danes in the quarterfinals of the women's singles event.
Third-seed Mette Pedersen, winner of the Russian Open last month, was shocked
by the eighth-seeded Swede Margit Borg. Borg had opened up strongly with a
first game win at 11-1. Pedersen fought back to take the second 11-8, but she
fell short in the decider, losing to Borg 8-11.
Fourth-seed Anne Sondergaard was defeated by Kelly Morgan of Wales 12-10,
6-11 and 1-11, while fifth-seed Mette Sorensen, a finalist at the Russian Open
last month, was defeated by second-seed Marina Andrievskaya from Sweden 7-11
Top-seed Camilla Martin though came through for Denmark, whipping Anika Sietz
of Germany 11-0 and 11-1.
The other Danes also came through in the other events.
In men's singles, Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen, the top-seed, defeated a tired
Kevin Han from the United States 15-4 and 15-4. Han, the fifth seed, had to
survive two tough three-game matches yesterday to become the first American
male to reach the quarterfinals of a major international badminton tournament
in more than 2 decades. In today's match, he did not have enough of a game
left to contend with the Olympic champion from Denmark.
World champion and second-seed Peter Rasmussen also won his quarterfinal
match. He beat the fourteenth-seeded German Oliver Pongratz 15-7 and 15-7.
Third-seed Peter Gade Christensen defeated fellow Dane Anders Boesen, seeded
sixteenth, 15-7 and 15-6, while the fourth-seed, Jeroen van Dijk from the
Netherlands, ousted Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark, seeded seventh, 15-11 and
In men's doubles, three Danish pairs and one English combination made it
through to the semifinals. Top-seeds Jon Holst-Christensen and Michael Sogaard
eliminated Nick Ponting and John Quinn from England, the sixth seeds, 18-13
and 15-13. Second-seeds Jim Laugessen and Thomas Stavngaard beat Michael
Helber and Bjorn Siegemund of Germany 15-6 and 17-14.
Fifth-seeds Jens Eriksen and Jesper Larsen scored a minor upset when they
defeated the third-seeds Peter Axelsson and Par-Gunnar Jonsson of Sweden 15-8
England's Simon Archer and Chris Hunt qualified for the semifinals with their
15-7 and 15-8 victory over the unseeded but dangerous Malaysians Rosman Razak
and Tan Kim Her.
Three Danish pairs also made it through to the semifinals in the women's
doubles event. Top-seeds Helene Kirkegaard and Rikke Olsen walloped the pair
of Anne Mette Bille from Denmark and Margit Borg from Sweden 15-7 and 15-1,
while second-seeds Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen and Marlene Thomsen eliminated
the sixth-seeded Scots Elinor Middlemiss and Sandra Watt 15-6 and 15-6.
Fourth seeds Ann Jorgensen and Majken Vange beat the fifth seeds Nicola Beck
and Joanne Davies from England, 15-8 and 15-4.
Swedes Marina Andrievskaya and Catrine Bengtsson joined the ranks of the
semifinalists when they upset the third-seeded Dutch pair of Erica van den
Heuvel and Monique Hoogland 15-10 and 15-13.
In the mixed doubles semifinals played this evening, top-seeds Jens Eriksen
and Marlene Thomsen of Denmark defeated Chris Hunt and Donna Kellogg of
England 18-15 and 15-8. Hunt and Kellogg were seeded third.
Second-seeds Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen, also from Denmark, beat fellow
Danes Janek Roos and Helene Kirkegaard 15-12 and 15-9 in the other mixed
Tomorrow's matches (number before name indicates seeding):
Mixed Doubles - Finals
1-Jens Eriksen/Marlene Thomsen (Denmark) vs 2-Michael Sogaard/Rikke Olsen (Denmark)
Women's Singles - Semifinals
1-Camilla Martin (Denmark) vs 8-Margit Borg (Sweden)
2-Marina Andrievskaya (Sweden) vs 7-Kelly Morgan (Wales)
Men's Singles - Semifinals
1-Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen (Denmark) vs 4-Jeroen van Dijk (Netherlands)
2-Peter Rasmussen (Denmark) vs 3-Peter Gade Christensen (Denmark)
Women's Doubles - Semifinals
1-Helene Kirkegaard/Rikke Olsen (Denmark) vs 7-Marina Andrievskaya/Catrine Bengtsson (Sweden)
2-Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen/Marlene Thomsen (Denmark) vs 4-Ann Jorgensen/Majken Vange (Denmark)
Men's Doubles - Semifinals
1-Jon Holst-Christensen/Michael Sogaard (Denmark) vs 5-Jens Eriksen/Jesper Larsen (Denmark)
2-Jim Laugessen/Thomas Stavngaard (Denmark) vs 4-Simon Archer/Chris Hunt (England)
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