Sudirman Cup

SUDIRMAN CUP: YOUTHFUL MALAYSIA FALL TO JAPAN

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Oct

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Fresh from an upset 3-2 victory over neighbouring rivals, Indonesia in the quarter-finals, Malaysia's young squad fell short in their bid to overthrow the 2019 Sudirman Cup runners-up, Japan after going down 1-3 in the semi-finals in Vantaa, Finland.

Japan drew first blood when world No. 16 Takuro Hogi-Yugo Kobayashi defeated Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik 21-15 21-14.

World No. 5 Akane Yamaguchi then doubled Japan's lead with a 21-7 21-5 win in the women's singles.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Skipper, Lee Zii Jia stepped up to claw one back for Malaysia through a 22-20 21-19 win over world No. 1 Kento Momota, avenging his earlier defeat in the group stages.

"It was a very tough match but I didn't want to lose twice to Momota here. From our previous match, you could see that he has regained his confidence and is almost at his best.

"I prepared myself mentally to face him again. I was patient and focused on every single shot," said Zii Jia.

However, it was the end of the road for Malaysia when Pearly Tan-M Thinaah fell to Mayu Matsumoto-Misaki Matsutomo 19-21 17-21.