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Hidayat wins in day of vengeance at Asiad badminton

Taufik Hidayat took revenge on South Korean Shon Seung Mo in a tightly monitored Asiad badminton semi-final, comfortably winning the grudge match without further controversy.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2002 18:11 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Indonesian Taufik Hidayat took revenge on South Korean Shon Seung Mo in a tightly monitored Asiad badminton semi-final Sunday, comfortably winning the grudge match without further controversy.

With chief referee Boon Kong Ee of Singapore keeping a close watch on the linesmen's calls there was no repeat of the shocking decisions which led to Hidayat's two-hour boycott of his match against Shon in the team's final on Wednesday.

The Indonesian, who had warned he would repeat his angry walk-out if again plagued by "home" calls, had no complaints about his second match aginst Shon which he won 15-10, 15-7.

"It was an important match to win. I had a point to prove by winning this match and showing what I'm capable of," said Hidayat,

"I'm now looking forward to the final, which I expect to be tougher."

The Indonesian, who was eventually beaten by Shon in their ill-tempered team's match played amid accusations of biased judging, faces another South Korean in Monday's final.

Lee Hyun-Il scored an upset 15-3, 15-4 semi-final win over Indonesia's Hendrawan, the reigning world champion.

"My pace was too much for him," said Lee, who is ranked 13th in the world. "I hit a nice patch and things proved easy."

The women's final Sunday was another revenge affair, with top seed Zhou Mi turning the tables on her Chinese compatriot and longtime rival Gong Ruina.

The 23-year-old said she was happy at winning the title but surprised at the ease of her victory over the player whose recent titles include the Singapore and Japanese Opens.

"It turned out to be very easy. She is a top-class player but seemed to be off-colour today," said Zhou.

The match was a one-horse race and even the two points that Zhou conceded in her crushing 11-1, 11-1 victory arose out of her own errors.

The first came when Zhou hit into the net at 9-0 in the first game and the second when she hit long at 2-1 in the second.

Gong, who had beaten Zhou in last year's World Championship final at Seville, said she was sad at the loss.

"I played very badly," she said. "I'm feeling very bad at the way the match went. It was not the kind of final that one wants to play."

The mixed doubles final too was a one-sided affair in which the South Korean pair of Kim Dong-Moon and Ra Kyung-Min defeated Sudhisodhi Khunakorn and Saralee Thougthongkam of Thailand 11-4, 11-0 in just 15 minutes.

The women's doubles semifinals, the third-seeded South Korean pair of Ra Kyung Min and Lee Kyung Won upset top seeds Yang Wei and Huang Nan Yan of China 11-7, 11-9 and will meet another Chinese duo Gao Ling and Huang Sui in the final.

In men's doubles, Pramote Teerawiwatana and Panvisavas Tesana of Thailand take on Lee Dong Soo and Yoo Yong Sung of South Korea.

First Published: Oct 13, 2002 18:11 IST