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Sudirman Cup: Indonesia, Korea Triumph
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May 11, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Badminton powerhouse Indonesia flexed their
muscles at Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark today as they opened their
1999 campaign to capture the world mixed team championships and the Sudirman
Cup. The Indons defeated Southeast Asian archrival Malaysia 4 matches to 1 and
quickly made a semifinal berth a certainty.
Indonesia's mixed doubles aces Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur opened the
scoring by whipping Chang Chong Ming and Joanne Quay 15-5 and 15-6. Cindana
Hartono Kusuma, playing in the place of women's singles ace Mia Audina who
is in mourning over the death of her mother two weeks ago and who did not make
the trip to Copenhagen, followed with an easy win over Ng Mee Fen 11-6 and
Hendrawan then clinched the team contest for Indonesia when he scored a
comeback victory over Ong Ewe Hock 11-15, 15-8 and 15-4.
The Indonesians took the women's doubles match for their fourth win today. The
Deyana Lomban and Indarti Isoliana teamed up to beat LIm Pek Siah and Ang Li
Peng 15-6 and 15-9. The Malaysian men's doubles pair of Choong Tan Fook and
Lee Wan Wah took the final match. They split the first two sets with Olympic
champions Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky 17-14 and 12-15, then took a thriller
of a decider in a tiebreak 17-15.
Korea rebounded from yesterday's disappointing loss to host Denmark by beating
Sweden 4 matches to 1. Koreans Ra Kyung Min and Chung Jae Hee beat Marina
Andrievskaia and Catrine Bengtsson in the opening women's doubles 15-9 and
15-10. Ha Tae Kwon and Kim Dong Moon then beat Swedes Par-Gunnar Jonsson and
Peter Axelsson 15-6 and 15-6 in the men's doubles.
Sweden's Tomas Johansson then defeated Ahn Jae Chang in the men's singles
10-15, 15-5 and 15-10 to give his side a glimmer of hope. The Koreans though
had their well-rested women's single ace Kim Ji Hyun up their sleeves. Kim,
who was not fielded yesterday against Denmark's world number three Camilla
Martin in anticipation of today's important matchup with Sweden, outplayed
Margit Borg 11-9 and 11-5 and clinched the contest for Korea.
In the closing mixed doubles match, Kim Dong Moon and Ra Kyung Min whipped
Peter Axelsson and Catrine Bengtsson 15-4 and 15-8.
Barring a miraculous lopsided Swedish victory over Denmark tomorrow, Korea's
win today puts them into a semifinal against the winner of the China-Indonesia
contest also slated for tomorrow evening. Denmark looks certain to face the
China-Indonesia loser in their half of the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Sweden and Malaysia will almost certainly face each other in the
relegation playoff, the loser of which will be out of the championship group
in 2001 under the current Sudirman Cup tournament grouping system.
In Group 2A, England swept past Russia 5-0 and Netherlands demolished the
Scottish team 5-0. In Group 2B, Japan beat Germany 3-2 and Thailand defeated
Taiwan 4-1. The teams in these two pools are playing for promotion to the
In other action, Team USA kept alive its hopes of moving up to Group 3. The
Americans who lost a squeaker of a team contest to Switzerland yesterday beat
the Czech Republic 4 matches to 1 today. They need a lopsided win over current
Group 4A leader Iceland to move into the promotion playoff against the winner
of Group 4B.
Canada, playing in Group 3, had a rest day.
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