Thomas Trophy: Anton Sen warns not to underestimate Malaysia

CHENGDU, April 27 (Bernama) — Denmark’s men’s second singles player Anders Antonsen hoped his teammates would not underestimate Malaysia’s “threat” ahead of Tuesday’s final Group D match.

Malaysia has a “short-staffed” men’s singles squad, but Anton Sen still hopes Malaysia will do well at the world’s most prestigious badminton team tournament to be held at the Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone Sports Center. are doing.

“I’m really looking forward to a tough match against Malaysia. I believe it will be an enjoyable match and I will give my all,” he told reporters in a post-match interview here today.

Earlier, the new 2024 European Championship winner easily defeated Youssef Sabri Meder of Algeria 21-13, 21-12, in the first match of Group D against African minnows Algeria contributed to the team’s 5-0 victory.

Malaysia’s men’s singles camp faced a setback in the 2024 Thomas Cup as 2022 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Ng Tze Yong was withdrawn due to delayed recovery from hip surgery.

As a result, Malaysia focused on 2017 Asian Junior Champion Leung Junhao, followed by Team June Wei and Justin Ho in Chengdu.

However, Zii Jia, Jun Hao and Justin were early on after putting in a fine performance helping Malaysia record a convincing 5-0 win against Hong Kong in the other match of Group D. “Sounded” a warning.

World No. 10 Jii Jia defeated No. 15 Lee Cheok Yu 21-18-21-18 to give Malaysia their first point.

Jun Hao, ranked 37th in the rankings, came into the limelight by upsetting Angus Ng Karon, ranked 27th in the world, 17-21, 21-12, 21-15, while Justin, representing Malaysia, defeated Chan Yin Chak 21 I broke it and caught up to the tie. 17, 19-21, 21-17.

With today’s result, Malaysia will be in a good position to advance to the last eight if they can win tomorrow’s match against Algeria and face Denmark.

Despite his comfortable win over Sabri, Antonsen, currently ranked fourth in the world, expressed dissatisfaction with his performance.

“To be honest, today’s match wasn’t the best badminton I’ve played. I definitely need to step up in the next match,” he said.

— Bernama

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