DANISH OPEN: GADE TOPPLES HOYER IN SEMIS
** 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 19, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Peter Gade Christensen, the talented
21-year old Danish badminton player, yesterday upset top-seeded veteran
teammate Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen in the men's singles semifinals of the Danish
Open tournament in the city of Vejle. Gade, the fourth seed, completely
outplayed his 31-year old compatriot 15-5 and 15-5 to gain a place in this
In the other men's singles semifinal, the third-seeded Dong Jiong of China
eliminated Roslin Hashim of Malaysia 15-9 and 15-7.
Camilla Martin, the top pick in the women's singles event, also advanced into
today's championship matches. Martin was too skilled and strong for Mette
Sorensen, the seventh seed who is also from Denmark. The top-rated Dane easily
won 11-1 and 11-0.
Fourth seed Mette Pedersen, another Dane, and sixth-seeded teammate Anne
Sondergaard played the other women's singles semifinal, with Pedersen taking
three games to defeat Sondergaard 11-3, 9-11 and 11-3.
Mixed doubles top-seeds Jens Eriksen and Marlene Thomsen, both from the host
country, capped their day with a championship win in the event. Eriksen and
Thomsen defeated second-seeded compatriots Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen
15-6 and 18-14 in the mixed doubles final played yesterday.
In the men's doubles semifinals, top-seeds Jon Holst-Christensen and Michael
Sogaard from Denmark beat England's Simon Archer and Chris Hunt, the third
picks, 11-15, 15-0 and 15-12, while fourth seeds Jesper Larsen and Jens
Eriksen, another Danish pair, went through to the finals when injury struck
the duo of Nick Ponting and John Quinn in the second game with the Danes ahead
7-0. Larsen and Eriksen had won the opener 15-9.
The third-seeded team of Yoshiko Iwata and Haruko Matsuda of Japan defeated
Nicola Beck and Joanne Davies of England in one of the women's doubles
semifinals, 15-2 and 15-4. Fifth seeds Ann Jorgensen and Majken Vange of
Denmark upset the number two-rated Danish pair of Marlene Thomsen and Lisbet
Stuer-Lauridsen 15-12 and 15-12.
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