DANISH OPEN: DONG JIONG OVERCOMES GADE IN FINALS
** 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) - Dong Jiong of China outplayed young Peter
Gade Christensen of Denmark in the crucial moments of their championship match
to lift the four-star Danish Open badminton men's singles title this afternoon
in Vejle. Dong, the third seed, and Gade, the fourth pick, battled evenly for
most of the final, but Dong's deceptive strokes and powerful shots wore down
the young Danish player and forced him into crucial errors in the closing
Dong and Gade had played to a 14-all standstill in the first game. The two
had attacked and counterattacked at each other throughout the game. Dong's
defense was spectacular in the early going, turning away Gade's smashes with
high blocks to the backline or slow, soft blocks just over the net. Towards
the end of the first game though, Dong played defensively too often and Gade
capitalized with smashes and kills.
In the 3-point tiebreaker, Gade eked out a 17-15 win.
The second was for the most part another standoff until at 10-all, Dong
scored a flurry of points primarily on several Gade mistakes - smashes that
hit the net and shots that went out of bounds. Dong took the second 15-11.
In the decider, Dong raced to a 6-0 advantage before Gade recovered. The
young Dane came back and played hard and well, until Dong's shotmaking again
induced several errors in the endgame. Dong took the third 15-12.
Dong's victory today spoiled Denmark's efforts to sweep the titles at their
own Open badminton championships, although Danish players did capture four of
the five crowns at stake.
In the women's doubles final, the veteran Ann Jorgensen and the youthful
Majken Vange, seeded fifth, defeated Japan's Yoshiko Iwata and Haruko Matsuda
18-16 and 15-5.
Top-seeded Camilla Martin won her third consecutive women's singles Open
title when she decisively beat her fourth-seeded teammate Mette Pedersen 11-2
and 11-8. Martin, winer of the recent U.S. and German Open tournaments, was
scarcely troubled in the first game, racing to a 6-0 lead before Pedersen
tallied her first point. She let up in the second while Pedersen picked up
her effort and pace. Martin though was too skilled and too strong for Pedersen
to contend with.
In the men's doubles championship match, top-seeds Jon Holst-Christensen and
Michael Sogaard beat fourth-seeded compatriots Jens Eriksen and Jesper Larsen.
The two Danish pairs smashed and blasted the shuttle hard at each other in the
opening game, with Eriksen and Larsen coming out on top in a tiebreak 3-0 (or
a game score of 17-14).
The top picks came back in the second set and won, going away 15-8.
In the decider, the two pairs were at their smashing best again and played
each other to a 13-all deuce before Holst and Sogaard managed to grab victory
at 18-13 (5-0 in the tiebreak).
In the mixed doubles final played last evening, Jens Eriksen and Marlene
Thomsen, the number one entry, defeated second seeds Michael Sogaard and Rikke
Olsen, another Danish pair, 15-6 and 18-14.
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