CHINESE TAIPEI OPEN 2007 – Indonesia Places Finalists in Four Events

Taufik Hidayat and Sony Dwi Kuncoro both battled through 3-game victories to set up an all-Indonesian final in men’s doubles. While Indonesia tried to do the same in mixed doubles, […]

ImageTaufik Hidayat and Sony Dwi Kuncoro both battled through 3-game victories to set up an all-Indonesian final in men’s doubles. While Indonesia tried to do the same in mixed doubles, Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Thomas Laybourn thwarted their efforts by ousting World Champions in three games.

By Don Hearn; Photos: Badmintonphoto.com (archives)

The day started off well for Indonesia. Vita Marissa and Flandy Limpele did a fine job of handling Lee Hyo-jung and her new partner Han Sang-hoon as they polished off the Koreans 21-18, 21-4 in just 25 minutes. Meanwhile, it would be another 20 minutes before the Rytter Juhl/Laybourn (pictured) could wrap things up against top seeds Natsir/Widianto 16-21, 21-15, 21-13.

"We didn’t play well in the 1st game, but we took control in the 2nd and 3rd games because we had good defense and I controlled the net," said Rytter Juhl after the match. "This is the 2nd time we beat them. The last time was at the 2005 All England."

"It’s been a great two weeks. Before we came to Asia, it was our plan to only play Japan and see how that went. We played really well in Japan,so why go home?" With the win, the Danes will enter their first final since the Korea Open back in January and hope to capture their first title in over a year. "I think we have a good chance. We beat [Marissa/Limpele] once before, but also lost once! If we play like we did today, we will win," she adds with a laugh.

The men’s doubles final will see another Danish pair take on Indonesian World Champions. Kido/Setiawan dropped their first game but ran away with the other two to beat their compatriots Gunawan/Riyadi. In the other semi-final, Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen came back from 12-17 down in the first game to tie it up at 17-all. Nerves set in after that as Rasmussen missed two serves and Tazari flubbed two easy kills before the Malaysians finally closed it out 24-22.

The second game was close to a mirror image as the Danes nearly blew a 20-14 lead but they held on to stay in the match with a 21-19 win. They made no mistake in the decider, however, and finished things off 21-9 on their first of 11 match points.

ImageVita to Vy for Two Titles Tomorrow

In women’s doubles, top seeds Chen/Chieng had a surprising amount of trouble with Malaysians Wong/Chin but narrowly defeated them 23-21, 15-21, 21-18. Vita Marissa kept her hopes for two golds alive when she and Lilyana Natsir surprised Lee/Lee of Korea

In the men’s singles, Taufik Hidayat took nearly an hour to get past 2005 champion Lee Hyun-il of Korea while his compatriots Sony and Simon Santoso were at it for 75 minutes before the former booked his place in the final.

In the women’s singles, as in the mixed, it was a European, in this case Pi Hongyan (pictured), who was responsible for prolonging the suspense about which nation would hoist the crown as she beat Yip Pui Yin 21-15, 21-16 to prevent an all-Hong Kong final. Wang Chen was, of course, the other winner. She needed extra points but still sealed her victory in straight games over Yao Jie of the Netherlands 21-14, 23-21.

Don Hearn

About Don Hearn

Don Hearn is an Editor and Correspondent who hails from a badminton-loving town in rural Canada. He joined the Badzine team in 2006 to provide coverage of the Korean badminton scene and is committed to helping Badzine to promote badminton to the place it deserves as a global sport. Contact him at: don @ badzine.net