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UBER CUP FINALS: CHINA, INDONESIA TO BATTLE FOR CUP AGAIN
May 21, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Tournament favorite China and defending
champion Indonesia today set up another battle for all the marbles at the
world women's team championships of badminton - the Uber Cup Finals - with
victories in today's semifinals. China routed Korea 5 matches to 0 this
afternoon, and Indonesia defeated Denmark 4 to 1.
China was led as usual by world singles champion Ye Zhaoying and world
doubles champions Ge Fei and Gu Jun. Ye defeated Korean Kim Ji Hyun 11-5 and
11-7 in the opening singles, and the world doubles champions defeated Ra Kyung
Min and Jang Hye Ock 15-10 and 15-8. Gong Zhichao was in better form today
than in her two previous outings and she easily defeated Lee Joo Hyun 11-4 and
Qin Yiyuan and Tang Yongshu took the second doubles match with a convincing
15-1 and 15-8 over Kim Shin Young and Kim Mee Hyang. Lefthander Dai Yun beat
Lee Hyung Won 11-8 and 11-8 in the third singles match to complete the
Indonesia's Susi Susanti had problems early in the opening singles match
against Denmark's Camilla Martin. Susanti had difficulty with the drift, often
letting lifts and clears from Martin land inbounds without attempting a
stroke. She dropped the first game to the determined Dane 7-11.
Martin however started to labor in the next set, specially after Susanti
began to play extended rallies. The Dane also began to get demoralized as
some line calls went against her. Her strapped left knee also began to bother
her and she could be seen grimacing whenever she had to perform a deep lunge.
Susanti took the second 11-5 and the decider as well at 11-4.
In the first doubles, Eliza Nathanael and Rosiana Zelin were too quick today
for Rikke Olsen and Marlene Thomsen. The Indonesians won the match 15-6 and
Mia Audina had a battle on her hands in the first game of the second singles
as Mette Pedersen tried mightily to keep Denmark alive. The two played to
deuce before Audina managed to score the game winner at 12-11. In the second
set, Audina was in command and she clinched a place in the finals for her
country with an 11-4 victory.
Despite having already lost the tie, Denmark's Ann Jorgensen and Camilla
Martin, who normally only plays the singles event, played determinedly against
Indarti Isoliana and Denyana Lomban. The Danish duo took the first game 15-6,
but could not hold on to their advantage. The Indonesians took the next two
sets 15-8 and 15-7 to put Indonesia up 4-0.
In the closing singles, Mette Sorensen beat Ellen Engelina 11-1 and 11-5 to
give Denmark its only point.
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