GRAND PRIX FINALS: STEADY SUN JUN TOPS DONG IN FINAL
** 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 14, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Sun Jun of China erased the painful
memories of a bad fall in last year's World Grand Prix Finals men's singles
championship match against Feng Permadi of Taiwan when he defeated favoured
teammate Dong Jiong this evening in the final of this year's edition of
badminton's tournament of champions. Sun beat an erratic and unfocused Dong
15-9 and 15-6 to take the men's singles title and US$24,800 in prize money.
The speedy and quick Sun outplayed and outsteadied Dong throughout most of the
match. Dong had a few moments when his play was of the quality that he
produced yesterday in defeating Olympic gold medalist Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen,
but his errors and below-par play in the middle parts of both games allowed
Sun to take big leads which Dong was unable to overcome.
In the first game, Sun gained a 12-8 advantage and even though Dong settled
down and played with more intensity, the steady-playing Sun matched Dong
stroke for stroke until he was able to break through for scores on winners or
In the second, Sun and Dong exchanged points in the early going. Sun took
a slight lead at 3-2 but Dong quickly came back to knot the game up at 3-all.
Dong moved ahead when Sun allowed a clear to land, thinking that the shuttle
was flying out-of-bounds. The two then had a long exchange of clears and
drops. The point was settled with a Dong crosscourt netshot. Dong was now
An errant smash by Sun put Dong further ahead 6-3. It now looked like Dong
was back in the hunt. Sun however increased the pace and the intensity of his
attack. Sun came back to tie up the game at 6-all and then he moved ahead with
rallies that maneuvered Dong into poor positions and either opened the way for
outright winners or induced errors from Dong.
Sun pulled away with point after point while an unfocused Dong's score stayed
at 6. Sun gained championship point at 14-6 on a Dong error, and, at the
first opportunity, quickly ended the match with a low flat serve that Dong
In last year's championship match, Sun slipped while retrieving a dropshot
from Fung Permadi and injured his right knee. Sun gamely struggled on but
lost to the player from Taiwan. At the world championships in June, Sun also
lost in the final when he suffered a bad case of leg cramps. In this World
Grand Prix Finals championship match, there was no slipping and no cramping
for the determined Sun Jun. There was only good, steady, focused and winning
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