The Defending Champions China down Malaysian shuttlers to 2-3 in the quarterfinals of the Asian Mixed Badminton Team Championship.
The Malaysian Shuttler led by Lee Zii Jia, provided a valiant fight against the formidable Chinese side before losing the series to 3-2 held in Dubai. In the opening men’s singles, the former All England Champion Lee Zii Jia defeated Lei Lan Xi 21-16, 22-20 to give the Malaysian side an early advantage. While in the Women’s singles, the world no.31 Goh Jin Wei suffered a narrow defeat over her world no.101 opponent Gao Fangjie with the scoreline of 21-15, 13-21, and 19-21. Follow Onlinebetnow for accurate sports news, predictions, and reviews here!
In the independent men’s doubles, Malaysia’s world No.8 Ong Yew Sin – Teo Ee Yi also had a setback as they were edged by China’s He Jiting-Zhao Haodong. With that victory, China had the advantage in the series 2-1.
However, Malaysia did not give up as the Women’s doubles pair and world no.5 Pearly Tan – M. Thinaah provided an intense yet entertaining match with a hard-fought victory against China’s newly-formed doubles Liu Shengshu – Tan Ning with the scoreline of 21-17, 12-21, 21-19.
The deciding match was the mixed doubles match between Malaysia’s World No.6 Tan Kian Meng – Lai Pei Jing against China’s World No.20 Feng Yanzhe – Huang Dongping. China’s independent mixed doubles edged the Malaysians with the scoreline of 21-15, 25-23 to advance in the semifinals of the tournament and to face Team India.
WIth thai defeat, Malaysia has failed to qualify in the prestigious Sudirman Cup to be held in Suzhou, China from May 14-21, as they failed to reach the semifinals target. However, Malaysia will still be able to sneak a slot in the prestigious event and it will be based on their world team rankings. The Southeast Asian is currently fifth in the world ranking and could make the cut by being among the leading three nations that did not qualify.
On the other side, the unpredictable Chinese side will face India in the final four clash to book their chance to the finals. The other semi-final clash feature will be South Korea versus Thailand who also came from a stunning victory over higher seeded teams. South Korea pulled an upset against the third seed Indonesia 3-1, while Thailand stunningly defeated the second seeded Japan 3-2. India came from a 2-0 deficit to deny Hong Kong an entry to the semis, 3-2.
Recently, China and Korea advanced in the finals. China defeated India 3-2, while South Korea had easy work against Thailand. In the finals, China dominated their East neighbor, South Korea 3-1 to retain their Asia title and had an impressive preparation for the prestigious Sudirman Cup to be held in their home soil.
P.R China 3-1 South Korea result:
Men’s singles: Lei Lanxi def. Lee Yun-gyu 21-16, 21-15.
Women’s singles: Gao Fangjie def. Kim Ga-eun 21-15, 21-15.
Men’s doubles: He Jiting/Zhou Haodong lost to Kim Won-ho/Na Sung-seung 21-19, 16-21, 17-21.
Women’s doubles: Liu Shengshu/Tan Ning def. Jong Na-eun/Lee So-hee 21-11, 21-10.
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