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U.S. Open: Kanetkar Of India Squeezes Into Finals
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September 11, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Nikhil Kanetkar of India squeezed
past Luo Xilin of China in one of yesterday's semifinal matches at the U.S.
Open badminton championships in Orange, California and booked a spot in
today's men's singles championship match against top-seed Colin Haughton of
England. In what was the top candidate for match of the day, Kanetkar came
from one set down to finally edge Luo in a third game tiebreak 17-15. Luo had
taken the first 15-8 and Kanetkar had captured the second by the same score.
In the other men's singles semifinal, Houghton turned back a strong challenge
from Belgian Ruud Kuijten 15-6, 8-15 and 15-12.
The last two surviving American entries made their exits yesterday.
In one of the men's doubles semifinals, Alex Liang, a former Chinese national
team player who now resides in the United States, and partner Ben Wu had an
excellent start against Michael Lamp and Jonas Rasmussen of Denmark. The
Chinese-American duo took the first game 15-9. However, they were not able to
keep up the pace against the Danish pair and were beaten in the second and
third games 15-5 and 15-7.
James Anderson and Graham Hurrel of England won the other men's doubles
semifinal. They beat Ove Svejstrup and Joachim Fisher-Nielsen of Denmark 15-8
In mixed doubles, Americans Andy Chong and Yeping Tang lost to Michael Lamp
and Pernille Harder of Denmark 15-8 and 15-6.
In today's final, Lamp and Harder will face off against another Danish pair,
Jonas Rasmussen and Jane Bramsen. Rasmussen and Bramsen beat Michael Beres and
Kara Solmunson of Canada 15-6 and 15-1 in their semifinal match.
China's Wu Huimin and Pi Hongyan showed that they were a cut above the other
women's singles entries yesterday. In their semifinal matches, Wu breezed past
Irina Rusljakova of Russia 11-1 and 11-5, and Pi waltzed past Tine Rasmussen
of Denmark 11-4 and 11-3.
Women's doubles top seeds Robbyn Hermitage and Milaine Cloutier of Canada
are the only North Americans left in the running for a title. They bested
England's Tracy Dineen and Lorraine Cole 15-10 and 15-1 in their final four
contest. However, they have their hands full in the championship match against
a world-class pair from China, Huang Nanyan and Lu Ying.
Huang and Lu booked their finals berth with a 17-16 and 15-6 semifinal victory
over Pernille Harder and Jane Bramsen of Denmark.
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