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World Championships: Sun Jun, Camilla Tops In The World
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May 23, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Sun Jun of China and Camilla Martin of
Denmark sit on top of the badminton world after they won the singles titles
at the world individual championships in Brondby, Denmark today. Sun Jun
beat Fung Permadi of Taiwan in the men's singles championship match 15-6 and
15-13, while Martin defeated Dai Yun of China in the women's singles final
11-6, 6-11 and 11-10.
China's Ge Fei and Gu Jun took the women's doubles crown for the second time
in a row. Ge and Gu demonstrated their four-year old supremacy over all other
women's doubles pairs as they overwhelmed Ra Kyung Min and Chung Jae Hee of
Korea 15-4 and 15-5 in this afternoon's title contest with their combination
of powerful smashing from Gu Jun, unequalled net play from Ge Fei, and
superb defending from both.
Korea's Kim Dong Moon added the men's doubles title to the mixed doubles
championship he won yesterday. Kim and partner Ha Tae Kwon defeated fellow
Koreans Lee Dong Soo and Yoo Yung Sung 15-5 and 15-5 in the finale of the
Sun Jun's victory erased the Chinese player's painful memories of the 1997
championship match when he suffered severe cramping of his leg muscles and
was not able to sustain an early advantage over Peter Rasmussen of Denmark,
the eventual world champion.
In his matchup today against Permadi, Sun took a carefully played first game,
setting up pointscoring chances with clears, drops and netshots combined with
incredible floor-scraping defense and powering the occasional jumpsmash when
the right opening presented itself.
In the second, Sun seemed to be on his way to an easy championship victory
when he raced to a 5-0 lead, but Permadi played his way back into the match
on several Sun mistakes as well as carefully crafted rallies of his own. The
Taiwanese player equalized at 5-all and then pulled ahead to a 13-9 lead as
Sun began to slow down and make more mistakes.
Sun though may only have been husbanding his energy resources to avoid a
repeat of the 1997 final. He took advantage of the frequent need to clean
the floor of slippery areas from dripping sweat to take rest and take in
fluids, despite being booed by the crowd for timewasting.
Behind at 9-13, Sun began his comeback. He jumpsmashed to Permadi's forehand
side to take the service and then scored when he ended a careful rally with
a clipped drive. He added another point with a rally-ending jumpsmash to the
Taiwanese player's forehand side.
After swapping service turns, Sun set up Permadi with an all-court rally and
then smashed to score his twelfth point. Permadi took the serve back with a
clipped smash following a series of all-court shots to unbalance Sun. Sun
though countered with another all-court rally punctuated by a jumpsmash winner
Sun then served to try to tie up the match. Permadi struck a crosscourt
jumpsmash but Sun was there to softly block the shuttle back. The Taiwan
player rushed to return the block but pushed the featherball into the net
and allowed Sun to tie up the game at 13-all.
In the next rally, Sun hit a smash that looked certain to be a winner. Permadi
miraculously blocked it back softly but Sun was onto the block in a flash and
hit a half-powered kill for the score. Sun had reached world championship
Sun then served for the world title. Permadi replied with a smash. Sun once
again softly swept the shuttle over the net. Permadi responded with a net
shot. Sun countered with a lift. Permadi raced back and struck a smash. Sun
was there again with a soft block over the net and close to Permadi's forehand
sideline. Permadi let the shuttle land or perhaps was a bit too late or
off-balance to reply.
For the barest of a split second, the badminton world stood still. Everyone
in the stands looked at the line judge. Then Sun jumped for joy. His block
had landed on the line. The line judge's hand had gone forward to signal "in".
Sun then fell to the floor on his back, squirming in delight. He had won
the set 15-13 and, with the set, had become the 1999 world men's singles
In the women's singles final, Camilla Martin's first game 11-6 win was made
easier by Dai's many mistakes, often with a shuttle struck long. At the change
of ends, though, Dai began to find the lines and started to keep her shots the
right length. Her crosscourt slices also began to elude Martin's reach and the
Chinese player took the second 11-6.
In the decider, Martin raced to a 5-0 and 6-2 advantage as Dai once again had
a mistake-filled stay on what for her was the bad end of the court. At the
change of ends at the mid-point of the third set, Martin still was in command
and built a 9-3 lead. After swapping service turns, Martin scored on a soft
putaway of a loose net shot from Dai to get to championship point 10-3.
The Danish crowd erupted with glee and most everyone in the arena stood up
to watch the final rally.
Dai though was not done yet. She rallied and pressured Martin into a slice
drop into the net to save championship point. She then began a comeback,
scoring 3 points to get to within 4 of Martin. The Dane got the service back
but Dai once again saved championship point, this time with a smash reply to
Martin's shortish lift.
Dai then 2 more times to get closer at 8-10. Once again, the Dane got the
service back. Once again, the Danish crowd stood to watch her victory rally.
And once again, she could not convert, striking a clip drop to the net.
Dai scored once more on Martin's netshot mistake. In the next rally, Dai
went on a controlled attack. Martin sent one reply just over the net and Dai
backhanded a half-drive that landed in. The score was tied at 10-all.
Martin then made a bold move. She chose to play for one point instead of a
Dai then served for the championship. Martin sent the shuttle up to the rear
court and Dai hit a dropshot. Martin swept the shuttle back up. Dai hit a
dropshot again. Martin again sent the shuttle back. Another drop and this time
Martin sent the shuttle just over the net, forcing Dai to lift. Martin then
hit a drop shot of her own and her shot found the floor.
It was the Dane's turn to serve for the title. Dai cleared and Martin cleared
back. Dai then hit a dropshot. Martin lifted in reply. Dai then smashed but
the Dane softly blocked the shuttle back. Dai dashed in and pushed the ball
crosscourt - the same type of shot that had been successful for her before.
Martin though to the corner and swiped the shuttle up and back with a forehand
stroke. Dai replied with a crosscourt clear. Martin countered with a dropshot
which Dai returned with a net spinner. The Dane flicked the shuttle crosscourt
to the lefthanded Dai's forehand rear corner. The Chinese player cleared and
Martin cleared back. Dai then struck a crosscourt dropshot, but Martin got
there nad replied with a net spinner. Dai rushed in and reached out to spin
the shuttle back. However, she did not have enough of the shuttle to send it
over and she spun the shuttle into the net.
Martin had won. She was now a world champion. Denmark had a 1999 world title.
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