DUTCH OPEN: DUTCH TEENAGER TAKES SINGLES CROWN
** 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 **
October 12, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Judith Meulendijks, a 19-year old from
the Netherlands, today became the first of the current group of world-class
junior players to make a mark on the International Badminton Federation
tournament circuit when she took the women's singles title at the Dutch Open
in 'sHertogenbosch. In today's championship match, the top-seeded Meulendijks
defeated the third seed, Kelly Morgan of Wales, in three games, 11-9, 6-11 and
The teenager is also the first Dutch player in 8 years to win a women's
singles title on the world badminton tour.
The Netherlands though did not get a Dutch double because her teammates Erica
van den Heuvel and Monique Hoogland were turned back in their bid to take the
women's doubles crown. Van den Heuvel and Hoogland, top picks in the event,
were beaten in the last championship match of the day by Kelly Morgan and her
Danish partner, Pernille Harder, 9-15 and 11-9.
Morgan and Harder's victory came as a surprise because the Welsh player was
not initially entered to play the women's doubles event but was drafted at the
last minute as a substitute for Mette Schjoldager, Harder's original partner.
Earlier in the afternoon, Denmark's Jonas Rasmussen and Ann Lou Jorgensen won
the mixed doubles title, beating qualifiers Lars Paske and Jane Bramsen, also
from Denmark, 15-12 and 15-6. Rasmussen and Jorgensen were the third seeds.
In the men's singles final, top-seed Wong Choon Hann from Malaysia defeated
the sixth-seeded Oliver Pongratz of Germany 15-10 and 15-11.
The men's doubles top seeds Jens Eriksen and Jesper Larsen from Denmark were
surprised by the second picks from England, Nick Ponting and John Quinn, in
the opening game of their championship match. The English pair hammered their
way to a 15-7 first set win over the newly-crowned German Open champions. But
Eriksen and Larsen battled back and the two Danes subdued Ponting and Quinn in
the next two sets, 15-8 and 15-6, to add the Dutch Open title to their growing
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