PETALING JAYA: It was all over for Malaysia in the Thomas Cup Finals.
The team led by skipper Lee Zii Jia went down 0-3 to Indonesia in the quarter-finals at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark, on Friday (Oct 15).
Said national coaching director Wong Choong Hann on the performance of the young team: "Our best was not good enough to win against Indonesia today but we will bounce back stronger from this invaluable experience."
Malaysia had hoped for a blistering start from Zii Jia but it did not happen as the 23-year-old failed to bring out his A-game and went down 15-21, 17-21 to Anthony Ginting in 51 minutes.
Zii Jia's performance paled in comparison to his sensational win against Ginting in the Sudirman Cup quarter-final tie.
All attention shifted to Tokyo Olympic Games bronze medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik to regain some ground for Malaysia but they went down fighting 17-21, 21-16, 15-21 to Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya.
The Indonesians were pumped up and fought brilliantly to make up for their disappointments of losing to the Malaysians - not once but twice in the last two months. The world No. 1 had lost to the Malaysians at the Olympic Games and Sudirman Cup respectively.
It seemed the tie would be over soon when world No. 91 Ng Tze Yong faced world No. 7 Jonatan Christie but the the Malaysian debutant did not disappoint as he fought courageously before going down 21-14, 19-21, 16-21 in a one hour and 15 minutes match.
Malaysia had fielded the 21-year-old Tze Yong instead of an experienced Cheam June Wei, who had beaten Jonatan once before, but the bold move almost shocked their opponents.
Despite the defeat, Tze Yong can walk tall for putting up a good fight.
Indonesia take on Denmark in the semi-finals today. Denmark defeated India 3-1 in another quarter-final match.
(All Malaysian time)
THOMAS CUP FINALS
TODAY (Oct 16)
Semi-final 1: China vs Japan - 7pm
Semi-final 2: Indonesia vs Denmark - 7pm
UBER CUP FINALS
TOMORROW (Oct 17)
THOMAS CUP FINALS
China bt Thailand 3-0 (Shi Yuqi bt Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-14, 21-17; He Jiting-Zhou Haodong bt Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren 21-10, 21-18; Li Shi-feng bt Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21-13, 17-21, 21-7).
Japan bt South Korea 3-2 (Kento Momota lost to Heo Kwang-hee 19-21, 17-21; Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi lost to Choi Solgyu-Seo Seung-jae 18-21, 13-21; Kanta Tsuneyama bt Jeon Hyeok-jin 21-10, 21-16; Akira Koga-Yuta Watanabe bt Kang Minh-yuk-Kim Won-ho 21-15, 21-18; Kenta Nishimoto bt Cho Geon-yeop 21-15, 21-10).
Indonesia bt Malaysia 3-0 (Anthony Ginting bt Lee Zii Jia 21-15, 21-17; Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya bt Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik 21-17, 16-21, 21-15; Jonatan Christie bt Ng Tze Yong 14-21, 21-19, 21-16).
Denmark bt India 3-1 (Viktor Axelsen bt K. Srikanth 21-12, 21-13; Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen lost to Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty 15-21, 21-17, 18-21; Anders Antonsen bt B. Sai Praneeth 21-8, 21-15; Mathias Christiansen-Frederik Sogaard bt M.R. Arjun-Dhruv Kapila 21-16, 21-7
UBER CUP FINALS
Japan bt India 3-0 (Akane Yamaguchi bt Malvika Bansod 21-12 21-17; Yuki Fukushima-Mayu Matsumoto bt Tanisha Crasto-Rutaparna Panda 21-8 21-10; Sayaka Takahashi bt Aditi Bhatt 21-16 21-7).
South Korea bt Denmark 3-0 (An Se-young bt Mia Blichfeldt 14-21 21-8 21-8; Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan bt Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen 21-17 21-18; Kim Gae-un bt Line Christophersen 21-11 21-17).
Thailand bt Indonesia 3-2 (Pornpawee Chochuwong bt Gregoria Mariska 14-21, 21-10, 21-10; Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai lost to Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu 17-21, 21-17, 19-21; Busanan Ongbamrungphan bt Putri Kusuma Wardani 21-9, 23-21; Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai lost to Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti-Ribka Sugiarto 19-21, 21-15, 15-21; Phittayaporn Chaiwan bt Ester Nurumi Tri Wardoyo 25-23, 21-8).
China bt Taiwan 3-0 (Chen Yufei bt Pai Yu-po 21-16, 21-13; Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan bt Hsu Ya-ching-Hu Ling-fang 21-10, 18-21, 21-14; He Bingjiao bt Hung Yi-ting 21-14, 21-9.