Badminton: Malaysia through to Sudirman Cup quarter-finals after 5-0 win over Egypt

Ng Tze Yong in action during his 21-8, 21-2 win against Mohamed Mostafa of Egypt in the Group D tie of the Sudirman Cup in Vantaa, Finland yesterday - BADMINTONPHOTO

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia have made it to the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup for the fourth edition running after powering past Egypt 5-0 for their second win in Group D in Vantaa, Finland on Tuesday (Sept 28).

Despite fielding their second stringers, Malaysia were simply a class above their African competitors with each of the five matches wrapped up in under 24 minutes.

Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei got the ball rolling in the mixed doubles with a 21-6, 21-7 win over Ahmed Salah-Nour Ahmed 21-6, 21-7 before men’s singles player Ng Tze Yong doubled the lead by beating Mohamed Mostafa 21-8, 21-2.

Eoon Qi Xuan had the honour to score the third and winning point for the team as she whipped Doha Hany 21-5, 21-7.

Egypt, competing with a small squad of just six players, had to make do with the same set of players returning for the men’s doubles and women’s doubles duties.

Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun made it 4-0 by defeating Mohamed-Ahmed 21-7, 21-6 before Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling completed the rout with 21-4, 21-9 win over Nour-Doha.

With a place in the knockout stage in the bag, Malaysia’s next goal will be to topple favourites Japan tomorrow to emerge Group D winners.

But Japan have sent out a warning to Malaysia by flexing their muscles to outclass England 5-0 in the other tie yesterday.

The world No. 1 Kento Momota-led side had earlier defeated Egypt 5-0 on Monday.


Group D:

Malaysia bt Egypt (Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei bt Ahmed Salah-Nour Ahmed 21-6, 21-7; Ng Tze Yong bt Mohamed Mostafa 21-8, 21-2; Eoon Qi Xuan bt Doha Hany 21-5, 21-7; Man Wei Chong bt Tee Kai Wun bt Mohamed Mostafa-Ahmed Salah 21-7, 21-6; Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling bt Nour Ahmed-Doha Hany 21-4, 21-9);

Japan bt England 5-0 (Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino bt Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith 21-16, 21-12; Kento Momota bt Johnnie Torjussen 22-20, 21-10; Akira Koga-Taichi Saito bt Ben Lane-Sean Vendy 21-17, 19-21, 21-12; Akane Yamaguchi bt Abigail Holden 21-16, 21-12; Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida bt Chloe Birch-Lauren Smith 21-16, 21-12)

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