Malaysia edge Taiwan for showdown with Japan

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia are one step away from reaching the play-off for a berth in Division One of the Sudirman Cup mixed team tournament. 

They face a showdown with Japan today to decide who top Division Two’s Group A and qualify for the play-off with the leader of Group B. 

On Wednesday, the national team notched their second win by edging Taiwan 3-2 at the Indoor Sportcentrum in Eindhoven having thrashed Scotland 5-0 on Tuesday. 

Japan had also two wins – beating Scotland 5-0 and Taiwan 4-1. 

Malaysia’s men's doubles pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah delivered the winning point by beating the Taiwan pair of Lee Wei-jen -Hu Chung-hsien 15-2, 15-12. 

Malaysia dropped the opening tie when women's doubles pair of Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui lost 4-11, 5-11 to Chien Yu-chin-Cheng Wen-hsing. 

However, men's singles player Lee Tsuen Seng levelled the score, coming back from the brink of defeat to beat Liao Sheng-shiun 12-15, 15-5, 17-14. 

Women's single player Wong Miew Choo got the second point by outplaying Cheng Shao-chieh 11-1, 11-2. The mixed double pair of Koo Kien Keat-Chin Eei Hui lost 7-11, 0-11 to Tsai Chia-hsin-Cheng Wen-hsing to set up the deciding rubber. 

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