WORLD GRAND PRIX FINALS: INDONESIANS FALTER IN MEN'S SINGLES
** 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 **
December 13, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Host Indonesia's hopes of reasserting
its former primacy in badminton men's singles this year came to an end
yesterday during the final day of the round-robin phase of the World Grand
Prix Finals being staged at the Senayan Stadium in Jakarta. Hermawan Susanto,
the only Indonesian who had remained undefeated in the competition and the
only one from the host team who started the day with a good chance of making
the semifinals, was defeated by Olympic champion Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen of
Denmark 13-15, 15-7 and 15-8.
Susanto had started out well in the match against Hoyer. The Indonesian
player was aggressive from the beginning and got Hoyer off-balance with his
attacking play. Hoyer was unable to cope with Susanto's shots and made many
errors in the first game. Susanto moved to a commanding 13-8 lead before
Hoyer's shots began to click. The Dane rallied to close the gap but Susanto
was able to get to game point. Hoyer got closer at 13-14 and was threatening
to force the game to deuce. Susanto though settled down and tallied a point
to win at 15-13.
However, Hoyer had the proverbial momentum. He had started to time Susanto's
smashes and his defense had begun to take the sting out of the Indonesian's
shots. The Dane's fine touch at the net and deception also began to put
Susanto off-balance. With his game back in almost error-free form , Hoyer
easily took the second and third sets 15-7 and 15-8 to move ahead into the
Hoyer's young teammate Peter Gade Christensen also made it to the semifinals.
Gade defeated China's Luo Yigang 17-16 and 15-7 to take the semifinal berth
allotted to the winner of Group A.
China's two men's singles aces, Dong Jiong and Sun Jun, took the other spots
in the semifinals with victories yesterday. Dong beat current world champion
Peter Rasmussen 15-4 and 15-6 while Sun defeated the 1995 world champion,
Hariyanto Arbi of Indonesia, 15-4, 13-15 and 15-7.
Hoyer and Dong will tangle in one of the semifinals today in a rematch of
the Atlanta Olympic Games final, while Gade will play Sun.
There was some controversy in the women's doubles event yesterday. World
champions Ge Fei and Gu Jun went down to defeat at the hands of teammates
Qiang Hong and Liu Lu 7-15 and 4-15. With their unexpected lopsided victory,
Qiang and Liu were able to nose out Indonesia's Indarti Isolina and Denyana
Lomban for a spot in the semifinals, where they will play teammates Qin
Yiyuan and Tang Yongshu. Ge Fei and Gu Jun will be matched against Eliza
Nathanael and Resiana Zelin of Indonesia in the other semifinal.
The performance of Ge Fei and Gu Jun was so off-form that Christian Hadinata,
the Indonesian team manager, filed a protest with the tournament referee.
In women's singles, Camilla Martin of Denmark surprised Indonesia's Mia
Audina 12-11, 4-11 and 11-8 to knock the Indonesian ace out of the running for
the semifinal spot out of Group D and to put China's Wang Chen into the final
The other semifinalists in the women's singles event are Susi Susanti of
Indonesia, Gong Zhichao of China and world champion Ye Zhaoying of China.
Susanti will play Gong while Wang will battle Ye.
In men's doubles, Denmark's Jens Eriksen and Jesper Larsen scored a minor
upset when they defeated Denny Kantono and Antonius Iriantho of Indonesia
15-8 and 15-13 to grab a spot in the semifinals opposite Malaysia's Cheah
Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock. World champions Chandra Wijaya and Budiarto Sigit
of Indonesia face Olympic champions Subagja and Mainaky, also from Indonesia,
in the other men's doubles semifinal.
In mixed doubles, Indonesia's Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur, China's Liu
Yong and Ge Fei, Denmark's Jens Eriksen and Marlene Thomsen, and Indonesia's
Bambang Suprianto and Rosalina Riseu qualified for the semifinals where
Heryanto and Timur will play Eriksen and Thomsen, and Liu and Ge will match
up against Bambang Suprianto and Riseu.
Yesterday's full results:
Peter Gade Christensen (Denmark) beat Luo Yigang (China) 17-16, 15-7
Budi Santoso (Indonesia) beat Allan Budi Kusuma (Indonesia) 15-9, 15-1
Sun Jun (China) beat Heryanto Arbi (Indonesia) 15-4, 13-15, 15-7
Marleve Mainaky (Indonesia) beat Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen (Denmark) 15-7, 15-11
Dong Jiong (China) beat Peter Rasmussen (Denmark) 15-4, 15-6
Hendrawn (Indonesia) beat Ardy B. Wiranata (Indonesia) 8-15, 15-7, 15-8
Poul-EriK Hoyer-Larsen (Denmark) beat Hermawan Susanto (Indonesia) 13-15, 15-7, 15-8
Indra Wijaya (Indonesia) beat Chen Gang (China) 15-3, 15-9
Susi Susanti (Indonesia) beat Dai Yun (China) 11-, 12-10
Gong Zhichao (China) beat Marina Andrievskaya (Sweden) 11-4, 11-2
Ye Zhaoying (China) beat Yao Yan (China) 11-2, 11-3
Camilla Martin (Denmark) beat Mia Audina (Indonesia) 12-11, 4-11, 11-8
Chandra Wijaya/Budiarto Sigit (Indonesia) beat Jon Holst-Christensen/Michael Sogaard (Denmark) 10-15, 15-11, 15-4 Cheah Soon Kit/Yap Kim Hock (Malaysia) beat Hermono/Hian Eng (Indonesia) 15-1, 15-10
Ricky Subagja/Rexy Mainaky (Indonesia) beat Lee Dong Soo/Yoo Yung Sung (Korea) 16-18, 15-12, 15-5
Jens Eriksen/Jesper Larsen (Denmark) beat Denny Kantono/Antonius Budi Iriantho (Indonesia) 15-8, 15-13
Qiang Hong/Liu Lu (China) beat Ge Fei/Gu Jun (China) 15-7, 15-4
Indarti Isoliana/Denyana Lomban (Indonesia) beat Haruko Matsuda/Yoshiko Iwata (Japan) 15-12, 15-7
Qin Yiyuan/Tang Yongshu (China) beat Eliza Nathanael/Rosiana Zelin (Indonesia) 15-7, 15-3
Helene Kirkegaard/Rikke Olsen (Denmark) beat Liu Zhong/Huang Nanyan (China) 15-4, 5-15, 15-5
Liu Yong/Ge Fei (China) beat Michael Sogaard/Rikke Olsen (Denmark) 9-15, 15-8, 15-3
Trikus Heryanto/Minarti Timur (Indonesia) beat Imam Tohari/Ema Ermawati (Indonesia) 15-5, 15-8
Bambang Suprianto/Rosalina Riseu (Indonesia) beat Jens Eriksen/Marlene Thomsen (Denmark) 15-6, 15-8
Sandiarto/Finarsih (Indonesia) beat Chris Hunt/Donna Kellogg (England) walkover
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