WORLD GRAND PRIX FINALS: DONG WINS OLYMPIC REMATCH
** 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) - Dong Jiong of China, the loser in the
badminton men's singles gold medal match at the recent Olympic Games in
Atlanta, today avenged his loss with a masterful victory over the Olympic gold
medalist Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen of Denmark in one of the semifinal matches at
the World Grand Prix Finals being held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dong defeated
Hoyer 15-9 and 15-7.
The Chinese player was on the top of his game today. Dong moved Hoyer all
over the court with his very deceptive shots - jumping clears to the rear
corners mixed with leaping dropshots and smashes, all delivered with a
similiar preparatory racket movement. Dong's spinning netshots were also
Hoyer did muster several scoring streaks and was occasionally competitive,
but did not have enough to counter Dong's shotmaking specially in the later
parts of both games.
After the match, Hoyer commented that Dong's deceptive shots were so good
that, in the second game, he had begun to lose confidence that he could win.
In the other men's singles semifinal, Sun Jun of China beat world number one
Peter Gade Christensen of Denmark 15-10, 15-17 and 15-6 to set up an all-China
championship match tomorrow.
Denmark also did not fare well today in the semifinals of the men's and mixed
doubles. Jens Eriksen and Jesper Larsen were beaten by Cheah Soon Kit and Yap
Kim Hock of Malaysia 15-2 and 15-9, while the mixed doubles team of Eriksen
and Marlene Thomsen were defeated by Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur of
Indonesia 15-9 and 15-2.
With the Danish losses today, tomorrow's finals will be all-Asian affairs.
In women's singles, Indonesian super player Susi Susanti changed her playing
style to defeat Gong Zhichao of China 11-8 and 11-4 in one of today's matches.
Susanti, known more for her multiple clearing shot tactics and for patient
rallying play, varied her shots more today. She was also more offensive-minded
against Gong who had defeated the Indonesian previously by outclearing and
With her victory, Susanti gained the chance to win an incredible seventh
World Grand Prix Finals title. She will be matched up against world champion
Ye Zhaoying to whom she has only lost in a final once.
Ye made it to the championship match with an easy 11-6 and 11-4 victory over
teammate Wang Chen.
In men's doubles, world champions Chandra Wijaya and Budiarto Sigit beat the
Olympic gold medalists Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky 5-15, 15-8 and 15-3 in
a semifinal matchup of top Indonesian pairs. Wijaya and Sigit will play Cheah
and Yap for the title tomorrow.
Ge Fei and Gu Jun, the women's doubles world champions, defeated Indonesia's
Eliza Nathanael and Resiana Zelin 15-6 and 15-9, while their teammates, Qin
Yiyuan and Tang Yongshu, disposed of Qiang Hong and Liu Lu, another Chinese
pair, 15-9 and 15-10.
The Ge-Gu versus Qin-Tang championship match tomorrow will be a rematch of
June's world championships final.
The mixed doubles final will pit world champions Liu Yong and Ge Fei of China
against home crowd favourites Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur. Liu and Ge
beat Bambang Suprianto and Rosalina Riseu of Indonesia with surprising ease
15-2 and 15-3.
Liu and Ge had had a less than spectacular tournament thus far, losing one
match and being taken to three games in two other matches in the round-robin
phase. Their easy victory today against Suprianto and Riseu, the world number
three pair, raised speculation among the Indonesian badminton players and fans
that the world champions had been pacing themselves for the semifinals and the
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