Sudirman Cup

SUDIRMAN CUP 2019: MALAYSIA STUN INDIA

21

May

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A determined young Malaysian outfit proved their mettle by staging a fightback from 2-1 down to win the pivotal Sudirman Cup tie against India.

Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean were the toast of the team with an inspiring 21-11 21-19 performance against Ashwini Ponnappa-Sikki Reddy to seal a memorable 3-2 win.

Earlier, men’s singles Lee Zii Jia and men’s doubles Aaron Chia-Teo Ee Yi delivered pivotal points in the second and fourth ties to pull the country back into contention.

21-year-old Zii Jia put on a masterclass against higher ranked Sameer Verma 21-13 21-15 while Aaron-Ee Yi overcame Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy 22-20 21-19 to level the scores at 2-2.

Mixed doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini gave India the lead by defeatiing Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai in a three-set battle 16-21 21-17 24-22.

Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu romped through 21-12 21-8 win against Goh Jin Wei in the women's singles match to make it 2-1 for India.

Malaysia stormed to victories in the fourth and fifth matches to stay on course for a third consecutive quarter-finals appearance in the prestigious mixed team tournament.

BAM Director of Coaching, Wong Choong Hann heaped praise on Zii Jia.

“I think of course a lot of the compliments go to Zii Jia today because it was a very crucial point for us. 

“Despite all the expectations and pressure placed on him, he managed to keep his composure and played a very good game against Sameer to deliver the point. That gave a huge boost to all the other team members. Everyone played their hearts out and this brought the team together.”