Thomas Cup: Malaysia’s pursuit of glory ends with China’s elimination in the top four

CHENGDU, May 4 (Bernama) — Malaysia’s attempt to end its 32-year wait for Thomas Cup glory ended with a 1-1 defeat to hosts China in this year’s semi-finals at a nearly packed Chengdu High School. We lost in 3 and ended up in tatters. -Today’s Tech Zone Sports Center.

While China was able to survive this phase thanks to the loud cheers of the domestic crowd, Malaysia withered under the weight of expectations and the strength and might of the badminton giants.

After 14-time champions defeated Taiwan in the other semi-final, China will now face Indonesia in the title showdown.

Men’s singles world No. 2 ace player Xi Yu Qi defeated Malaysian professional men’s singles player Li Zhijia 21-19, 21-5 in just 35 minutes, leading China by 1-0. It became the catalyst for its explosive success.

World No. 10 Ji Jia, who lost her first match, ran out of energy in the next match and took badminton lessons from world No. 2 Yu Qi.

In the second match, 2022 Men’s Doubles World Champion Aaron Chia vs. Sou Woo-ik overcame a shaky start against Liang Wei Keng vs. Wang Zhang, regaining composure after succumbing 15-21. They won the second game 21-12, forcing a rubber game.

Aaron vs. Wooik was close to 16-16 in the deciding match before gearing up and Malaysia returned to contention with a 21-17 win after a 55-minute brawl.

Next, Malaysia’s second singles player Leung Junhao took to the court, and despite building a 6-point lead at 8-2 in the first match against Li Shifeng, the Malaysian’s game was on the decline, with 17 points. They lost 21-2.

That disrupted his concentration in the second game. The result was a series of unforced errors that gave the world No. 37 a 0-11 lead before 2022 Asian Games men’s singles gold medalist Shi Feng raced home for a 21-10 victory. showed that.

This leaves Malaysia’s Goh Se Fei and Nur Izuddin Ramsani set to turn things around in the second doubles with He Gee Ting and Shan Yu.

The pair, ranked 15th in the world, gave Malaysians a glimmer of hope by winning the first match 21-18, but they made a remarkable comeback by winning their next two matches 21-19 and 21-12 in the remaining 63 minutes. All the credit goes to the Chinese pair for their performance. Malaysia advances to the finals, and China advances to the finals.

Malaysia opened Group D with a 5-0 win over Hong Kong on April 27th and Algeria on April 28th, but on Tuesday (April 30th) they defeated European powerhouse Denmark with a 3-0 win. They lost in 2 and lost their chance to finish first in their group.

On Thursday (May 2), five-time champions Malaysia defeated Japan with three wins and one loss to advance to the semi-finals for the first time in eight years.

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s Uber Cup final will also be played between China and Indonesia.

In today’s semifinals, 15-time champions China defeated Japan 3-0, while Indonesia defeated reigning champions South Korea 3-2 to advance to the final for the first time in 16 years.

— Bernama

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