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DUTCH OPEN: A SUCCESSFUL START FOR CHEAH AND CHOONG
October 11, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - A new Malaysian men's doubles combination
of the veteran Cheah Soon Kit and new partner Choong Tan Fook had a successful
first tournament at the Dutch Open badminton championships that ended today.
Cheah and Choong captured the men's doubles title, beating Sweden's Peter
Axelsson and Par-Gunnar Jonsson in the championship match 15-11 and 15-9.
Cheah, who won a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta with
his now-retired partner Yap Kim Hock, has been teamed up temporarily with
Choong Tan Fook. Choong makes up Malaysia's number two men's doubles duo with
Lee Wan Wah. Choong and Lee recently beat Cheah and Yap in the gold medal
match at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Cheah and Choong's title victory at the Dutch Open is all the more remarkable
because the pair had earlier upended the Olympic champions and Dutch Open top
seeds Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja of Indonesia in the quarterfinals 15-13
Malaysia also had another success today at the Dutch Open. M. Roslin Hashim
took the men's singles title when he defeated Sweden's Thomas Johansson in
the championship match 15-12 and 15-6.
China's Zhou Mi won the women's singles crown, coming back from match point
down to defeat teammate Yao Jie 10-13, 13-11 and 11-4.
In the women's doubles event, Huang Nanyan and Yang Wei of China beat Japan's
Hiromi Yamada and Maomi Murakami 15-7 and 15-4.
Denmark's Jon Holst-Christensen and Ann Jorgensen took the mixed doubles
championship. They defeated China's Chen Qiqui and Yang Wei 15-7 and 15-6 in
Results of Friday's quarterfinals and Saturday's semifinals:
Rikard Magnusson (Sweden) d. Jeroen Van Dijk (Netherlands) 15-8, 15-12
M. Roslin Hashim (Malaysia) d. Pullela Gopi Chand (India) 15-9, 15-9
Thomas Johansson (Sweden) d. Wong Choon Hann (Malaysia) 15-12, 15-6
Ji Xinpeng (China) d. Peter Janum (Denmark) 15-10, 15-6
M. Roslin Hashim (Malaysia) d. Rickard Magnusson (Sweden) 15-9, 15-6
Thomas Johansson (Sweden) d. Ji Xinpeng (China) 15-5, 15-2
Yasuko Mizui (Japan) d. Karolina Ericsson (Sweden) 11-7, 8-11, 11-2
Yao Jie (China) d. Judith Meulendijks (Netherlands) 11-7, 11-2
Zhou Mi (China) d. Margit Borg (Sweden) 11-9, 11-9
Han Jingna (China) d. Brenda Beenhakker (Netherlands) 11-7, 7-11, 11-0
Yao Jie (China) d. Yasuko Mizui (Japan) 13-11, 11-3
Zhou Mi (China) d. Han Jingna (China) 7-11, 11-7, 11-6
Cheah Soon Kit/Choong Tan Fook (Malaysia) d. Rexy Mainaky/Ricky Subagja (Indonesia) 15-13, 15-13
Janek Roos/Jonas Rasmussen (Denmark) d. Christian Mohr/Michael Keck (Germany) walkover (Keck unable to play)
Jesper Mikla/Lars Paaske (Denmark) d. Chen Wei/Ji Xinpeng (China) 12-15, 15-6, 15-3
Peter Axelsson/Par-Gunnar Jonsson (Sweden) d. James Anderson/Neil Waterman (England) 15-12, 15-5
Cheah Soon Kit/Choong Tan Fook (Malaysia) d. Janek Roos/Jonas Rasmussen (Denmark) 15-5, 15-4
Peter Axelsson/Par-Gunnar Jonsson (Sweden) d. Jesper Mikla/Lars Paaske (Denmark) 6-15, 15-7, 15-9
Huang Nanyan/Yang Wei (China) d. Helen Kirkegaard/Pernille Harder (Denmark) 15-9, 15-2
Lotte Jonathans/Nicole Van Hooren (Netherlands) d. Ella Miles/Sarah Sankey (England) 15-12, 15-5
Hiromi Yamada/Maomi Murakami (Japan) d. Elena Nozdran/Victoria Evtoushenko (Ukraine) 15-5, 15-3
Ann-Lou Jorgensen/Tine Rasmussen (Denmark) d. Yao Jie/Zhou Mi (China) 15-12, 15-7
Huang Nanyan/Yang Wei (China) d. Lotte Jonathans/Nicole Van Hooren (Netherlands) 15-8, 15-0
Hiromi Yamada/Maomi Murakami (Japan) d. Ann-Lou Jorgensen/Tine Rasmussen (Denmark) 15-8, 12-15, 15-11
Jon Holst-Christensen/Ann Jorgensen (Denmark) d. Nathan Robertson/Joanne Davies (England) 15-12, 15-7
Michael Keck/Nicol Pitro (Germany) d. Ruud Kuijten/Manon Albinus (Belgium) 15-6, 15-12
Martin Lundgaard Hansen/Pernille Harder (Denmark) d. Bjoern Siegemund/Karen Stechmann 15-4, 15-9
Chen Qiqui/Yang Wei (China) d. Jonas Rasmussen/Ann-Lou Jorgensen (Denmark) 13-15, 15-12, 15-9
Jon Holst-Christensen/Ann Jorgensen (Denmark) d. Michael Keck/Nicol Pitro (Germany) walkover (Keck unable to play)
Chen Qiqui/Yang Wei (China) d. Martin Lundgaard Hansen/Pernille Harder (Denmark) 15-10, 15-5
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