RE­VENGE FOR MALAYSIA

Chong Wei’s team thrash Ger­many in Sudirman Cup

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

MALAYSIA cleared their first hur­dle in the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, Australia, yes­ter­day. The Lee Chong Wei-led team avenged their de­feat to Ger­many in the 2013 edi­tion in Kuala Lumpur by ham­mer­ing the Euro­pean side 5-0 in a Group 1C tie to ad­vance to the quar­ter-fi­nals.

The Malaysians must beat favourites Ja­pan today to top the group for an eas­ier last eight draw.

Malaysia have set a semi-fi­nal tar­get.

World No 1 Lee Chong Wei wants his team­mates to dis­play their true abil­i­ties when they take on Ja­pan.

“Today, we got a feel of the venue and man­aged to beat Ger­many.

“It has given us con­fi­dence but we need to re­main fo­cused as the real bat­tle is to­mor­row,” said Chong Wei yes­ter­day.

Ja­pan’s top shut­tlers will be fresh today as they fielded mostly their fringe play­ers in the 4-1 win over Ger­many on Sun­day.

Yes­ter­day, World No 11 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing earned Malaysia’s first point by over­com­ing Mark Lams­fuss-Is­abel Hert­trich 21-17, 21-13 in the open­ing mixed dou­bles match be­fore Chong Wei thrashed Fabian Roth 21-12, 21-11 in the men’s sin­gles for the sec­ond point.

World No 4 Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong then gave Malaysia an unas­sail­able 3-0 lead with a 21-16, 21-19 win over Jones JansenJosche Zur­wonne in the men’s dou­bles.

Former world ju­nior cham­pion Goh Jin Wei hardly broke a sweat in the 21-10, 21-13 vic­tory over Fa­bi­enne Deprez in the women’s sin­gles be­fore Woon Khe Wei-Vi­vian Hoo com­pleted the rout by thrash­ing Jo­hanna GoliszewskiIs­abel 21-12, 21-11 in the dou­bles.

“Ev­ery­thing went well today for me and Kian Meng. We with­stood the pres­sure and also man­aged to fo­cus on ev­ery point,” said Pei Jing.

Malaysia may put up a scratch pair­ing in the mixed dou­bles today with Pei Jing likely to part­ner Chan Peng Soon.

PIC BY SYARAFIQ ABD SAMAD

Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din and Malaysian Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee KL 2017 CEO Datuk Seri Zolk­ples Em­bong (sec­ond from left) re­ceiv­ing the spon­sor­ship pledge from Grab Malaysia coun­try head Sean Goh (third from right) yes­ter­day.

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