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Sudirman Cup: Zhang Jun and Yu Jinhao Shock Koreans
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May 14, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - China's underrated men's doubles players
today provided the biggest shock at the world mixed team championships of
badminton or Sudirman Cup competition being played in Brondby just outside of
Copenhagen, Denmark. In the semifinal contest between defending champion China
and South Korea early this afternoon, Zhang Jun and Yu Jinhao stunned 1998
All-England champions Lee Dong Soo and Yoo Yung Sung in the men's doubles
match to clinch a spot in tomorrow's final for China.
The victory was stunning not only because it was highly unexpected but because
Zhang and Yu totally overwhelmed Lee and Yoo with their quickness and power.
The Chinese pair dominated the play in the first game from the third point on
when they snuffed out one Korean chance after another while themselves scoring
12 times to win the set.
In the second, Zhang and Yu grabbed an early 6-3 advantage and fought off a
short-lived Korean comeback that took the score to 6-5. They then rattled off
point after point to take the game 15-5.
The shock loss threw cold water on Korea's earlier celebration when their
women's singles ace Kim Ji Hyun upended the favored Gong Zhichao in the third
match 11-9, 1-11 and 11-3. Kim's victory had put the Koreans only a point
behind the Chinese in the team contest at 1 match to 2 with the Korean
strength - the men's and women's doubles - slated for the fourth and fifth
Zhang and Yu's contest-clinching win dashed the Korean hopes for a semifinal
Earlier in the afternoon, defending world mixed doubles champions Liu Yong and
Ge Fei of China outsteadied the current world number ones Kim Dong Moon and Ra
Kyung Min 10-15, 15-10 and 15-13 to put China 1 up on the Koreans.
In the men's singles match that followed, Sun Jun recovered from a nervously
and tentatively played first game to beat Ahn Jae Chang 9-15, 15-6 and 15-7.
After Zhang and Yu had scored the third victory for China, there was a bit of
delay and controversy as Chinese head coach Li Yong Bo decided to substitute
Zhang Ning for Ge Fei in the closing women's singles match (Editor's Note -
Substitutions are not normally permitted in badminton team contests after the
team lineup has been submitted to the tournament referee several hours before
the contest starts. The referee may allow the substitution if the player
being replaced has been injured or has taken ill before the player's match
Coach Li claimed that Ge had hurt her right hip during the mixed doubles
contest and convinced the tournament referee to allow the substitution after
a team doctor had vouched for Ge's injury.
The Koreans protested but were not able to get the referee to change his
After the substitution had been sorted out, Zhang Ning and Gu Jun took to the
court to play the dead rubber against Ra Kyung Min and Chung Jae Hee. The
Chinese pair took the first set 15-8 but then dropped the second and third
12-15 and 11-15. Zhang and Gu's loss ended the team contest at 3 matches to 2
in favor of China.
In another early contest, Team USA were whitewashed by Poland in their fourth
division fifth place playoff match to Poland. The Americans ended their 1999
Sudirman Cup campaign in 28th place overall.
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