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Sudirman Cup: Kirkegaard and Olsen Put Danes Into Final
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May 14, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Helene Kirkegaard and Rikke Olsen put
Denmark into their first world mixed team badminton championships final with
a closing match victory in the semifinals of the 1999 Sudirman Cup tournament
now underway in Brondby just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. Kirkegaard and
Olsen broke a 2-matches all tie in Denmark's semifinal contest with Indonesia
and clinched victory for the Danes with a 17-15 and 15-7 women's doubles
triumph over Deyana Lomban and Indarti Isoliana.
The Danish pair had control of the first game and was comfortably ahead 12-7.
Lomban and Isoliana though staged a determined comeback and battled Kirkegaard
and Olsen into a tiebreak. The Danes took the initiative in the setting,
scoring first and then winning at 17-15.
In the second game, Kirkegaard and Olsen, who used to play together regularly
but who are now partnered with other players, raced to a commanding 11-4 lead
and then a 15-7 victory over the fading Indonesians.
Indonesians Trikus Heryanto and Minarti Timur had disappointed the Danish
fans in the opening mixed doubles match when they came back from a 12-15
first game setback to defeat Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen 15-11 and 15-9
in the next two sets.
Men's singles world number one Peter Gade put the Danes on the scoreboard
when he overwhelmed Taufik Hidayat in an unexpectedly one-sided contest 15-4
and 15-1. Camilla Martin handed the Danes a 2 matches to 1 advantage when she
eased her way to a women's singles victory over Cindana Hartono 11-4 and 11-6
in the third match.
Indonesian men's doubles aces Chandra Wijaya and Tony Gunawan then knotted
the team contest up at 2 matches apiece when they beat Jens Eriksen and Jesper
Larsen 15-12 and 15-7.
Kirkegaard and Olsen followed with their women's doubles victory and boosted
Denmark into a 3-2 team triumph and into the Sudirman Cup final against China,
3-2 winners over Korea in this afternoon's semifinal contest.
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