Malaysian pairs must overcome rivals’ mind games

Nur Izzuddin Rumsani (left) and Goh Sze Fei.

Despite the noticeable improvement, men’s doubles shuttler Goh Sze Fei believes Malaysian pairs are still at a disadvantage when up against Indonesian and Japanese combinations. Just this season, Sze Fei and his partner Nur Izzuddin Rumsani were denied the Swiss Open title by Indonesia’s Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto and were sent packing in the quarter-finals of the recent Thailand Open by Japan’s No 1 Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi. Top Malaysian duo Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik have already lost twice to Fajar-Rian this year — in the semi-finals of both the German…

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Zii Jia, Daren cruise into second round of Thailand Open

Lee Zii Jia in action during men’s singles match against Ade Resky Dwicahyo of Azerbaijan at the Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand Open 2022 badminton tournament in Nonthaburi, Thailand. - EPA PIC

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s men’s singles Lee Zii Jia made easy work of Azerbaijan’s Ade Resky Dwicahyo to check into the second round of the Thailand Open in Bangkok today. Zii Jia, who remained in the Thai capital after the Thomas Cup last week, needed only 36 minutes to rout the Indonesia-born qualifier 21-19, 21-9 in the opening round at the Impact Arena. The 24-year-old independent shuttler, who was also recently crowned Asian champion, is expected to clear his second round with ease as he faces another qualifier next in Germany’s…

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India show Malaysia the ‘team spirit’ way

Team India celebrates after winning the men’s finals against Indonesia at the BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2022 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

While local badminton fans and armchair critics continue to debate Malaysia’s missed opportunity at the recent Thomas Cup in Bangkok, many have failed to recognise or acknowledge the dynamics behind India’s historic feat in landing their maiden world men’s team crown. Nobody expected the Indians to go all the way. All eyes were instead on past champions Indonesia, Denmark, and even Malaysia, who had upset 2014 champions Japan 3-2 in the group stage. There was pin-drop silence when former world No 1 K. Srikanth delivered the winning blow to dethrone…

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Zii Jia predicts Momota will rise again

Japan's Kento Momota.

MALAYSIAN badminton sensation Lee Zii Jia believes that Japan’s Kento Momota is only struggling from a temporary loss of form. On Wednesday, the 24-year-old picked up his second straight win over the two-time former world champion this year, as Malaysia went on to defeat Japan 3-2 in the final Group D tie of the Thomas Cup in Bangkok. World No 6 Zii Jia also got the better of the former world No 1 in the quarter-finals of the All England in March. In his post match interview following a stunning…

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Mei Xing not quitting yet

Teoh Mei Xing (left) and Valeree Siow in action during their match against Thailand’s Aimsaard sisters, Benyapa and Nuntakarn in the Uber Cup in Bangkok on Monday. PIC COURTESY OF BADMINTON PHOTO

WOMEN’S doubles shuttler Teoh Mei Xing has no intention of quitting the national team. Following a poor outing at the Uber Cup in Bangkok, the 25-year-old took to social media yesterday to address fans, who called for the shuttler to quit. “Unfortunately, we did not perform to our best. We take full responsibility and will face the consequences. “Thanks for all the support and criticism. “But for those who have asked me to quit, I am sorry to disappoint. I am not as weak as you and will not quit…

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Good show by the girls despite defeats

Pearly Tan (left) and M. Thinaah celebrate after beating Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai in their Uber Cup match on Monday.

DESPITE failing to reach the quarter-finals, there are still plenty of positives from Malaysia’s Uber Cup campaign in Bangkok. For one, Malaysia’s young shuttlers Myisha Khairul and Tan Zhing Yi gave good accounts of themselves, especially in the group ties against Denmark and Thailand. On Sunday, the team lost 3-2 to Denmark before their hopes of reaching the knockout stage for the first time since 2010 were dashed by the host nation in a 4-1 defeat. Myisha, 19, played in both ties, losing 21-12, 21-9 to Line Kjaersfeldt in the…

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Zii Jia: Bring on Momota

Lee zii Jia

WORLD No 6 Lee Zii Jia is all set for another showdown with Japan’s Kento Momota. Buoyed by his current form, the men’s singles ace also believes his Malaysian teammates are better prepared to face 2014 champions Japan in the final Group D tie of the Thomas Cup tomorrow. Yesterday, Zii Jia, who was recently crowned Asian champion at the Badminton Asia Championships in Manila, delivered Malaysia the first point when they defeated England 5-0 in the opening group tie at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. Zii Jia defeated England’s…

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Calm before the storm

Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani in action against England’s Rory Easton-Zach Russ in their Thomas Cup match yesterday. PIC COURTESY OF BADMINTON PHOTO

EVEN in the absence of key players, Malaysia should face no issues securing another clean sweep victory today when they face the United States in their second Group D tie of the Thomas Cup in Bangkok. Following their 5-0 rout of England yesterday, Malaysia are likely to rest world No 6 Lee Zii Jia, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Ng Tze Yong ahead of the much-anticipated group tie against Japan tomorrow. Instead, World Championships bronze medallist Liew Daren, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi and Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin, who could…

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Malaysia go down fighting against Denmark in Uber Cup

Malaysia go down fighting against Denmark in Uber Cup

Malaysia face a do-or-die mission on Monday, as they must defeat Thailand to stand a chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the Uber Cup in Bangkok. Malaysia failed to break their jinx against Denmark in the women’s team meet when they lost narrowly 3-2 in the opening Group C tie at Impact Arena. Despite taking a 2-1 lead, courtesy of world No 11 Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah and Goh Jin Wei, the Malaysian team did not capitalise on their advantage, losing tamely in the second doubles and third singles match. The…

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Joo Bong fires Thomas Cup warning to Malaysia

Kento Momota

To give his team a morale booster for the World Championships in Tokyo in August, Kento Momota has vowed to lead Japan to their second Thomas Cup title as the tournament gets underway in Bangkok tomorrow. The world No 2 is the only remaining member of the victorious side that clinch Japan’s first ever Thomas Cup title, in New Delhi in 2014 after prevailing 3-2 against Malaysia in the final. The last time Momota, 27, came closest to lifting the prestigious trophy again was in Bangkok in 2018. He led…

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