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  1. Chesire Cat

    Chesire Cat Regular Member

    May 19, 2004
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    Journalist at The Jakarta Post
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Sorry I am late :D but everyone in Indonesia is late because of the Eid-al-fitr muslim holiday. Well I wrote this article but it's exclusive for you guys cos it does not appear in newspaper :D well i tried to squeeze it into my page yesterday but apparently no more space LOL

    sorry if there are lots of mistakes there..the story is still raw LOL and I didn't submit for editing since there's no space in my newspaper.
    PS : I will post christian's comments about singapore open in spore open thread. *wink*

    Reunited pair Candra/Sigit won China Open title

    Eva C. Komandjaja

    Indonesia's top men's pair Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto
    brought home a winning title from the US$250,000-China Open
    badminton finals on Sunday while home shuttlers dominated the
    event by taking three out of five titles in Guangzhou.

    Candra and Sigit, who were reunited in less than two months, won the men's doubles final by a walkover from the Malaysia's Chew Choon Eng/Choong Tan Fook after Chew was forced to withdraw with a heavy cold on Sunday.

    Men's doubles coach Christian Hadinata said that he was surprised with their achievements in the six-star tournament since he was only interested to test their renewed partnership in the competition.

    "I had never predicted that they managed to win a title this soon because they were reunited only in last September. This is a nice surprise," Christian told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

    Christian said that although both shuttlers had been paired two times before, they had been playing with different partners for quite a long time, therefore, they must have developed different style of playing between each other.

    Candra and Sigit were initially paired in early 1997 and later won the World Championships in Glasgow six months later before they were forced to split in 1998 after Sigit was banned from international tournaments after failing a drug test.

    They were back together in 2001 before parting again after their unsuccessful bid at the 2003 World Championships in Birmingham in England.

    "To win a title in a six-star tournament is quite an accomplishment, especially this tournament was held in China, home of all the world-class shuttlers," Christian added.

    However, not all Indonesian shuttlers shared the same joy as the double specialist since Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat had to suffer a bitter defeat in semifinals after he was defeated 10-15, 15-3, 15-12 by China's Bao Chunlai.

    Mixed doubles Anggun Nugroho/Yunita Tetty lost 3-15, 15-6, 17-14 from second seed Chen Qiqiu/Zhao Tingting of China while Danish pair Jens Erikssen/Mette Schjoldager crushed Nova Widianto/Lilyana Natsir 5-15, 17-14, 15-10 in quarterfinals.

    Meanwhile, China swept three golds out of five golds available by winning the men's singles, women's singles and the women's doubles event while Denmark secured the mixed doubles title.

    World's number one Lin Dan proved the country's supremacy in badminton by claiming the men's singles title after winning 15-11, 15-10 in a final duel with his compatriot Bao Chunlai.

    Xie Xingfang submitted another gold for China in women's singles after winning 5-11, 11-3, 11-4 from Hong Kong's Wang Chen.

    All Chinese finals also occured in women's doubles event where top seed Yang Wei/Zhang Jiewen managed to beat Wei Yili/Zhao Tingting 15-14, 15-12.

    The last gold was claimed by Denmark's Jens Erikssen/Mette Schjoldager after winning 15-13, 13-15, 15-8 from China's second seed Chen Qiqiu/Zhao Tingting.


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