Malaysia’s youthful squad slumped to a 0-5 loss against China in the Group 1D opener in Nanning, China.
All England runners-up, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik was a whisker away from a famous victory over world No. 3 Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen in the opening tie, going down fighting 21-18 14-21 22-24.
National No. 2 woman’s singles, Soniia Cheah put up a credible fight against in-form Chen Yufei before losing 15-21 23-21 14-21.
The vibrant early performances were not replicated by Lee Zii Jia, Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing suffering defeats to Shi Yuqi (12-21 11-21), Du Yue-Li Yinhui (18-21 14-21) and Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong (16-21 13-21) respectively.
BAM Director of Coaching, Wong Choong Hann admitted the better side had won, but hoped that his young charges learned from the defeat and focus on the pivotal match-up against India on Tuesday.
“Aaron, Soh & Soniia fought well against their opponents. However, I feel that Aaron & Soh should have seized the opportunity to seal the game, I hope the experience served them well. Zii Jia should learn from this match against Yuqi, whom is also young but played with a lot of discipline throughout.
“Against India, it’s known that we need to work on the doubles to win the tie. We just have to play to our level to make it happen.”
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