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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia got off to an unimpressive start at the ISTAF SuperSeries in Bangkok, Thailand, when they were made to slog for a 2-0 win over Japan in their opening Group B match.
Norshahruddin Md Ghani, Sahidan Mohd Ali and Mohd Syazreen Qamar Salehan, who were playing together as a combination for the first time, made hard work of their time on the sepak takraw court from the start.
Despite 18 winners from Norshahruddin, their performance was still below-average in the 15-10, 15-12 win, with 19-year-old Sahidan marking his SuperSeries debut with eight service errors.
“We were very inconsistent and gave away too many points,” he said.
“We started the match with two service errors and if Shahidan does not improve his game, we are going to have a problem facing higher-ranked teams and progressing further in the tournament,” said team manager Jamaluddin Hassan.
Top seeds South Korea, who won the first leg of the SuperSeries in India, were also handed a tough match, beating China 2-0 (17-16, 15-13) while hosts Thailand, seeded fourth beat Iran 15-1, 15-4. The United States, meanwhile was awarded an automatic 2-0 walkover win against Indonesia.
Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, fourth seeds Malaysia fell 2-0 (16-14, 15-11) in their first Group B match to unseeded South Korea but bounced back to score a convincing 2-0 (15-8, 15-7) win over China.
“Our loss to South Korea, however, was disappointing as it was a keenly-contested match which could have gone either way. It’s a relief to beat China as it increases our chances of qualifying for the semi-finals,” said coach Mohd Fikri Mohd Noor.
In other matches in Group A, hosts and top seeds Thailand had no trouble as they easily downed India 2-0 (15-6, 15-2) while Vietnam beat Japan 2-0 (15-3, 15-12). Meanwhile, China was awarded an automatic 2-0 walkover win against Indonesia.
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