Sudirman Cup

SUDIRMAN CUP: MALAYSIA TRIUMPH IN NUSANTARA DERBY

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Young mixed doubles pair, Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See rose to the occasion to deliver the winning point in the Nusantara Derby over former champions, Indonesia 3-2 in the Sudirman Cup in Vantaa, Finland.

With the score tied at 2-2, Pang Ron-Yee See scored a sensational 21-19 9-21 21-16 against world No. 4 Praveen Jordan-Melati Oktavianti to help Malaysia clinch a first-ever win over Indonesia in the Sudirman Cup.

The young Malaysian squad started on the front foot when Olympic bronze medallists, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik crushed world No. 1 Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sukamuljo 21-12 21-15 in the men's doubles.

Gregoria Tunjung edged S Kisona 22-20 18-21 21-19 in the women's singles.

Captain, Lee Zii Jia made amends of his defeat to Momota with a solid win over Olympic bronze medallist, Anthony Ginting 21-11 21-16.

Women's pair, Pearly Tan-M Thinaah nearly won the match against Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu before going down to a 20-22 21-17 18-21 after 91 minutes.

"We are really excited with this result as we were the underdogs against the stronger Indonesian pair. However, we were not afraid of their reputation and fought hard during the match," said Pang Ron.

"The women's doubles before us also inspired us as they were the lower-ranked pair like us and fought so hard.

"The first game was close until the end, but we lost focus in the second and struggled to get back in the game.

"But we heard our team cheering for us, and we wanted to win and make Malaysia proud as well, and we're really happy to be in the semi-finals."