Sat, 18 Mar 2000

Hendrawan to quarters, Ellen out of Swiss Open

JAKARTA (JP): Indonesia's men's singles sole hope Hendrawan will challenge second seed Chen Hong of China in the quarterfinals of the four-star Swiss Open in Basel, Switzerland, on Friday.

Hendrawan survived a third-round challenge against Martin Hagberg of Sweden to win 15-12, 15-10 in 42 minutes on Thursday, while Chen tamed Malaysian Roslin Hashim 10-15, 15-12, 15-11.

All England winner Xia Xuanze of China, seeded sixth here, will meet Thomas Johansson of Sweden. Xia had a shaky start before crushing old hand Rashid Sidek of Malaysia 13-15, 15-10, 15-8. The towering Johansson upset fourth seeded Fung Permadi of China Taipei 15-13, 5-15, 15-12 in 55 minutes.

But in the women's singles, Indonesian sole hope Ellen Angelina failed to encounter top seed and favorite Dai Yun of China. Ellen bowed out 4-11, 3-11 in just 21 minutes. Dai will meet Kim Ji-hyun of South Korea, who eliminated Mette Pedersen of Denmark 11-4, 11-2.

Number two seed Gong Ruina of China will face Kelly Morgan of Wales in another quarter match. Gong beat Tanaka Miho of Japan 11-1, 11-5 while Morgan defeated Chien Yu-Chin of China Taipei 11-6, 11-2.

In the men's doubles, eighth seed Flandy Limpele and Eng Hian of Indonesia will have to work hard to overcome third seeds Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah of Malaysia on Friday. The Indonesians defeated Ian Sullivan and Anthony Clark of England 15-8, 15-12 while the Malaysians barely eliminated Mike Edstrom and Chris Hales of the United States 15-4, 15-5.

Top seeds Kim Dong-moon and Ha Tae-kwon of South Korea had problems before overwhelming Pramote Teerawiwatana and Tesana Pansisavas of Thailand 17-14, 15-13. The Koreans will meet Martin Lundgaard Hansen and Lars Paaske of Denmark, who beat Michal Logosz and Robert Mateusiak of Poland 15-13, 15-10.

In the women's doubles, Elysa Nathanael and Deyana Lomban won 15-11, 14-17, 15-2 over Gail Emms and Joanne Wright of England to challenge top seeds Ra Kyung-min and Chung Jae-hee of South Korea, who defeated Mette Schjoldager and Ann-Lou Jorgensen of Denmark 15-10, 15-3.

Another Indonesian duo of Etty Tantri and Cynthia Tuwankotta tamed Chinese Han Jingna and Zheng Yaqiong 15-12, 15-13 in 50 minutes for a place in the quarterfinals.

Etty and Cynthia will challenge fourth seeds Yim Kyung-jin and Lee Hyo-jung of South Korea, who beat Nicol Pitro and Anika Sietz of Germany 15-4, 15-10.

In the mixed doubles, Agung Wahyu and Emma Ermawati of Indonesia will challenge fifth seeds Zhang Jun and Gao Ling of China on Friday. Agung and Emma beat Michael Lamp and Ann-Lou Jorgensen of Denmark 15-12, 15-10 while Zhang and Gao defeated Ian Sullivan and Gail Emms of England 15-1, 4-15, 15-5. (yan)