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Asia Cup: Korean Upends World Champion
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November 12, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Korea's Ahn Jae Chang today scored the
upset of the tournament at the Asia Cup badminton men's team competition at
the Phan Dinh Phung Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Ahn defeated
world men's singles champion Sun Jun of China in the opening match of the
China-Korea team contest 15-17, 15-1 and 17-15 to help the Korean side to the
top of the standings in their group.
Sun Jun, who was pushed to three sets by India's Abhinn Shyam Gupta yesterday,
continued to be heavy-legged today in his match against the Korean number one.
Sun managed to pull out a 17-15 tiebreak win in the first set, but the effort
sapped the Chinese player's reserves and he dropped the second set to the
Korean after scoring a meagre single point.
Sun was obviously coasting in the second and was conserving himself for a big
push in a deciding third set, after Ahn had taken a good lead. After the
five-minute intermission, Sun came back with a stronger effort but Ahn was
able to match the world champion's play. Sun faded in the closing rallies and
Ahn capitalized on the Chinese player's miscues to win the set in another
In the men's doubles match that followed, world champions Ha Tae Kwon and
Kim Dong Moon turned back the determined Chinese combination of Yu Jinhao and
Zhang Jun and won in three sets 15-13, 10-15 and 15-11 to seal the team
victory for Korea.
China's Chen Hong took the meaningless second singles match. He defeated Park
Tae Sang 15-9 and 15-12.
The Korean triumph puts them into the easier of the semifinal matchups as the
winner of Group A. They will play Group B runner-up Malaysia who were beaten
by defending champions Indonesia 3 matches to none in the last of the Group B
China plays Group B winner Indonesia in the other of tomorrow's semifinal
The following are the results of the team contests that took place today
(names of winning team's players first):
India beat Vietnam 3-0 (Abhinn Shyam Gupta beat Ho Van Loi 15-9, 15-7; Ajit
Wijetilek beat Nguyen Phu Cuong 14-15, 15-5, 15-8; Jaseel Ismail and Markose
beat Ho Van Loi and Nguyen Anh Hoang 15-11, 15-12)
Korea beat China 2-1 (Ahn Jae Chang beat Sun Jun 15-17, 15-1, 17-15; Ha Tae
Kwon and Kim Dong Moon beat Yu Jinhao and Zhang Jun 15-13, 10-15, 15-11; Park
Tae Sang lost to Chen Hong 9-15, 12-15)
Thailand beat Taiwan 2-1 (Boonsak Polsana lost to Liu En-Horng 13-15, 5-15;
Pramote Teerawiwatana and Tesana Panvisavas neat Huang Shin-chung and Chien
Yu-hsiun 15-4, 15-12; Anupap Thiraratsakul beat Chang Jeng-shyong 15-7, 15-7)
Indonesia beat Malaysia 3-0 (Taufik Hidayat beat Jason Wong 15-12, 13-15,
15-8; Tony Gunawan and Chandra Wijaya beat Chew Choon Eng and Rosman Razak
15-5, 15-8; Hendrawan beat Ismail Saman 15-9, 15-13)
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