THAI OPEN: LEE AND YOO OVERCOME WORLD CHAMPIONS
** 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 **
November 16, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Koreans Lee Dong Soo and Yoo Yung Sung
overcame the world champions, Sigit Budiarto and Chandra Wijaya of Indonesia,
today at the finals of the four-star Toyota Thailand Open badminton tournament
in Bangkok to take the title in the men's doubles event home to Korea.
The second-seeds Lee and Yoo who match up well against the world champions in
terms of quickness and power took advantage of an off-form Sigit Budiarto
often during today's final. The two pairs had played even to a 7-all tie in
the first game, but then the Korean duo seemed to sense that Budiarto was the
weak link in the Indonesian partnership today. They began to direct
lightning-fast drives and booming smashes at the wiry Indonesian to get
outright scores or forced errors. This strategy paid off for the Koreans in
the first game which they won 15-9.
In the second, Budiarto's play was still patchy and error-prone and the
Koreans were able to race to a 9-1 advantage. Budiarto and Wijaya battled back
to tie at 11-all and even moved ahead 14-11. The Koreans foiled the Indonesian
attack at game point and then outplayed Budiarto and Wijaya to force deuce at
14-all. In the setting (tiebreak), Lee and Yoo got the better of the
Indonesians 3-0 (17 -14) to close out the match.
Earlier in the afternoon, in the men's singles final, the eleventh-seed from
Indonesia, Hendrawan, won his first championship in the major international
badminton tournament circuit. Hendrawan defeated China's Chen Gang, a former
world junior champion, 15-9 and 15-1.
Hendrawan and Chen exchanged points in the early going of the first game,
but at 9-all, Hendrawan's mix of powerful smashes and delicate dropshots began
to beat back the nervous challenge from the young Chinese player. Chen also
did not help his cause any today with the many errors that he committed,
particularly in the lopsided second game.
The Chinese contingent did get to go home with two championships. In the
all-China women's singles final, Wang Chen easily defeated Zeng Yaqiong 11-3
and 11-6, while in the women's doubles championship match, top seeds Qin
Yiyuan and Tang Yongshu beat the third seeds, Eliza Nathanael and Resiana
Zelin of Indonesia, 15-8 and 15-2.
In tne mixed doubles final played yesterday, Denmark's Michael Sogaard and
Rikke Olsen, the third-seeded pair, defeated their top seeded teammates, Jens
Eriksen and Marlene Thomsen, 15-5 and 15-3.
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