Malaysia’s spirited campaign came to an end with a 3-0 defeat to second seeds, Japan in the quarterfinals in Nanning, China.
With a proven head-to-head record against world No. 2, Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda, Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin was preferred ahead of compatriots, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik. The national No. 2 pair didn’t disappoint with a battling display in the pulsating 21-13 24-26 21-23 defeat to Japan’s leading duo with Ee Yi suffering a deep gash on his chin in the process.
The hard-fought victory gave the 2015 Sudirman Cup runners-up a timely boost with their top man and woman’s singles, Kento Momota and Nozomi Okuhara cruising to victories against Lee Zii Jia (21-18 21-16) and Soniia Cheah (21-16 21-13) respectively.
BAM Director of Coaching, Wong Choong Hann felt that there were plenty of positives to take from the campaign.
“Overall, all the players have played commendably well throughout the tournament and shown great fighting spirit against tough opponents,” said Choong Hann.
“I believe that they have shown that the hard work in training bears fruit. I hope they can continue to build on this, keep up with the training regime and continue to give their best. I believe that they’ll progress even further and better.”
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