PETALING JAYA: Malaysia ended their Uber Cup Finals campaign in Aarhus, Denmark, on an underwhelming note following a shocking 1-4 defeat to Canada on Monday (Oct 10).
Malaysia had already crashed out from the group stage after their earlier losses to China (0-5) and Denmark (1-4), but the youthful squad led by SEA Games gold medallist S. Kisona were expected to bow out with pride in what was a "winnable" match on paper against Canada.
Canada were without their talismanic world No. 11 Michelle Li, who retired from her first match with China's He Bingjiao after fears of aggravating an Achilles condition in both legs.
Still, Kisona failed to capitalise on Michelle's absence in the first singles when she suffered another loss, this time 9-21, 14-21 to world No. 183 Talia Ng.
The world No. 53 Kisona had also lost 11-21, 7-21 to Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt, which led to her being rested against China.
Canada then doubled the lead through world No. 20 Kristen Tsai-Rachel Honderich, who fended off a spirited challenge from Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling to win 13-21, 21-10, 21-14.
Malaysia were counting on Eoon Qi Xuan to reignite the team's fightback, but the world No. 123 too went down 12-21, 13-21 to world No. 185 Rachel Chan.
The result was certainly a disappointment especially after Qi Xuan had just beaten world No. 23 Line Christophersen of Denmark for the biggest win of her career.
M. Thinaah and Go Pei Kee's scratch combination managed to break the duck with a 21-12, 21-13 win over Catherine Choi-Crystal Lai but it came just a little too late.
In the last match, world No. 778 K. Letshanaa tried her best to nick another consolation point but it was not good enough for her to overcome world No. 269 Zhang Wen Yu. She lost 17-21, 21-16, 12-21.
Group D: Canada bt Malaysia 4-1 (Talia Ng bt S. Kisona 21-9, 21-14; Rachel Honderich-Kristen Tsai bt Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling 13-21, 21-10, 21-14; Rachel Chan bt Eoon Qi Xuan 21-12, 21-13; Go Pei Kee-M. Thinaah bt Catherine Choi-Crystal Lai 21-12, 21-13; Zhang Wen Yu bt K. Letshanaa 21-17, 16-21, 21-12.