Badminton - and in the first World Championship tournament, the finals of the men's singles came out an all-Indonesian event.
Badminton - and in the first World Championship tournament, the finals of the men's singles came out an all-Indonesian event. The three-day tournament held in Tokyo was organised by the International Badminton Federation. Players from China and many other Asian countries belonging to the rival World Badminton Federation did not take part. In the quarter final rounds of the men's singles and women doubles matches held on Saturday (20 January), players from Denmark and Indonesia won through to the next stage of the contest.
SYNOPSIS: Padukone Prakash of India dominated the opening minutes of his game against reigning world champion, Flaming Delfs of Denmark, who was seeded number two in the tournament. After establishing a firm lead, Prakash went on to win the first set, 15-3.
During the second set, Delfs began to emerge as the stronger player. Both men had easy victories over Japanese opponents in the first round. Delfs was seeded second to Liem Swie King of Indonesia, who won through to the finals, and will meet fellow Indonesian Ile Sumirat. After winning the second set 18-17, Delfs went on to cinch the deciding set 15-12. Despite his impressive performance against Prakash, Delfs was unable to offer a real challenge to Ile Sumirat in the semi-finals, and he was knocked out in straight sets 15-7, 15-7
In the women's doubles quarter finals, Indonesia once again dominated the play. Japan's mitsuyo Tani and Sachiko Akimoto could not find an answer to Imelda Wiguno and Verawaty Wiharjo's stunning form. The first set went to the Indonesian women 18-16, after several good rallies. Verawaty and Imelda had managed to eliminate another Japanese doubles team in the first round of the tournament. Verawaty is seeded number four in the contest, and has also won through to the women's singles quarter-finals.
The second set followed the pattern of the first, and the Indonesian women gained a convincing win. Despite the encouragement of a home crowd, the Japanese pair were never a real threat to the Indonesians, which was reflected in the final score of 18-16, 15-17.