It was a heartbreaking semifinals for all Malaysian fans throughout the world who were hoping and praying to see another thrilling final between Malaysia and Indonesia and even a repeat of the 1992 Thomas Cup final, however, it was Denmark that broke the hearts of the local fans when they defeated Malaysia 3-2 for a place in the finals.
Nevertheless, the Malaysian team fought till the end despite the end results not siding them. Malaysia started off well when national No.1, Lee Chong Wei and Commonwealth champions, Tan Wee King/ Goh V Shem gave Malaysia the first two points defeating Viktor Axelsen and Mathias Boe/ Mads Conrad-Petersen respectively.
Iskandar Zulkarnain who played the second singles did give his best against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus who is currently ranked no. 13 in the world but to no avail as the Danish seemed to have a better control of the court and he eventually won the match in straight games, 18-21, 18-21.
There was hope then in Malaysia’s second doubles, Koo Kien Keat/ Tan Boon Heong, to deliver the winning point, unfortunately, the pair were unable to do so losing the match in three games to Kim Astrup/ Anders Skaarup Rasmssen.
As the score was levelled at 2-2, Chong Wei Feng was fielded to play against Emil Holst. The Danish was the more dominant one on court and although Wei Feng managed to give e a good fight, it was not enough to win.
Despite losing, the players have certainly shown great fighting spirit and determination. The Thomas Cup final will be between Denmark and Indonesia on Sunday while defending champions, China will face Korea in the Uber Cup finals tomorrow.