PETALING JAYA: National men’s singles champion Lim Chi Wing stole the show despite Malaysia’s 3-2 loss to Indonesia in the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The 21-year-old Chi Wing upstaged world No. 81 Firman Abdul Kholik 21-19, 21-15 in Malaysia’s final Group B tie yesterday.
Prior to Chi Wing’s match, Malaysia dropped two points through Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi in the men’s doubles and Lee Ying Ying in the women’s singles.
Malaysia also lost another point through women’s doubles pair of Lee Meng Yean-Chow Mei Kuan.
National No. 3 mixed doubles pair Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie then narrowed the score with a sensational 21-16, 21-16 win over Subaktiar Edi-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja.
With the defeat, Malaysia finished as runners-up to Indonesia in Group B.
Both teams have qualified for today’s quarter-finals.
World No. 172 Chi Wing was happy with his unexpected win.
“I felt the pressure going into the match as Malaysia were 2-0 down. Fortunately, I stepped up.
“Overall, I’m happy with my game,” said Chi Wing, 21.