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UBER CUP FINALS: INDONESIA IN 3-2 SQUEAKER OVER THE DUTCH
May 17, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The Indonesian coaching staff may have taken
the team from the Netherlands too lightly when they submitted their lineup for
today's tie. They chose to sit out ace singles player Susi Susanti and to
try out two different doubles combinations. This proved almost disastrous for
the Indonesian side, since the Dutchwomen put up a stiff fight this afternoon
and took the third and fourth matches, leaving the outcome of the tie in the
rookie hands of Ellen Engelina in the fifth match.
Mia Audina had staked the Indonesian side to a 1-0 lead with an 11-2 and 11-7
pasting of Judith Meulendijks. The second game in the match that followed was
a precursor of things to come. Eliza (Nathanael) and Denyana Lomban, one of
the two combinations that the Indonesian coaches were trying, had an easy
first game against Erica Van den Heuvel and Monique Hoogland, winning at 15-7.
In the second set, however, the two Dutch women played the Indons into setting
at 14-all. Eliza and Lomban managed to pull out the victory at 17-15.
In the second singles, the tide turned for the Dutch. Brenda Beenhakker put
on an aggressive attacking style against Meiluawati. Her stinging and sharp
smashes got her past early Meiluawati leads and she beat the Indonesian player
9-12, 11-5 and 11-7.
Nicole Van Hooren and Lotte Jonathans followed the Beenhakker victory with an
18-15, 3-15 and 15-9 win over Finarsih and Indarti Isoliana to put the Dutch
into a tie with the Indonesians at 2 matches apiece.
The outcome of the tie was then in the hands of two rookies, Ellen Engelina
of Indonesia and Lonneke Janssen of the Netherlands. It was Engelina who got
the advantage early as she moved the nervous and slower Janssen all over the
court with a variety of shots. Engelina kept the pressure on Janssen the rest
of the way and she took the crucial fifth match 11-2 and 11-7.
In the other afternoon tie, Korea defeated England 4 matches to 1. Kim Ji
Hyun beat Julia Mann 11-2 and 11-2, Ra Kyung Min and Jang Hye Ock defeated
Joanne Goode and Donna Kellogg 15-9 and 15-7, and Lee Joo Hyun laboured past
Tracy Hallam 11-2, 8-11 and 12-10 to clinch the tie for Korea. Kim Shin Young
and Chung Jae Hee were then defeated by Joanne Davies and Sarah Hardaker
14-17 and 2-15. In the final match, Lee Soon Deuk beat Tracy Dineen 12-10 and
China got past Japan in the evening session 4 matches to 1. The Japanese got
their lone point in the second singles when China's Gong Zhichao, the world
number two, failed to adjust to the drift in the second game and then lost her
confidence and her touch. She suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of
Yasuko Mizui 11-4, 1-11 and 3-11.
World singles champion Ye Zhaoying led off for the Chinese when she beat
Kanako Yonekura 11-5 and 11-7. World doubles champions Ge Fei and Gu Jun
followed with a 15-2 and 15-6 trouncing of Yoshiko Iwata and Haruko Matsuda.
Gong then lost to Mizui, leaving it to Qiang Hong and Liu Lu to score the
clincher with a 15-5 and 15-10 win over Hiroko Nagamine and Satomi Igawa.
Han Jingna finished for the Chinese with her 11-4 and 11-0 crushing of
Chikako Ohsaka 11-4 and 11-0.
Also this evening, Denmark beat Hong Kong 4 matches to 1. Camilla Martin beat
Koon Wai Chee 11-1 and 11-8 in the opening match. Ling Wan Ting then upset
Mette Pedersen 11-6, 9-12 and 3-11 to put Hong Kong into a 1-all tie with
Denmark. Rikke Olsen and Marlene Thomsen then put things right for the Danes.
The Danish pair defeated Koon Wai Chee and Tung Chau Man 15-10 and 15-7 to
put the Danes ahead again.
Mette Sorensen then scored the clincher for Denmark when she beat Ng Ching
11-5 and 11-3.
Ann Jorgensen and Majken Vange closed out the Hong Kong side with their
18-13 and 15-9 defeat of Ling Wan Ting and Chan Mei Mei.
With their victories today, China and Denmark booked the two semifinal places
out of Group A. Korea and Indonesia took the semifinal spots allotted to Group
B. Tuesday's ties between China and Denmark and between Korea and Indonesia
wii decide the semifinal matchups with the Group A winner playing the Group B
runner-up and the Group B winner facing off against the Group A runner-up.
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