MEDAN (Indonesia): The Malaysian girls, powered by Norsyahliza Baharum, defended the team title but the boys failed to retain the crown in the Asean Schools Badminton Championships here yesterday.
The girls, however, were stretched to the limit in their hard-fought 3-2 win over Indonesia in the final.
Uber Cupper Norsyahliza, who will go for a knee operation after the Asean meet, won two points in Malaysias victory yesterday. She put Malaysia into a comfortable 2-0 lead with an 8-11, 11-2, 11-3 win over Yuan Katika in the second singles.
Earlier, Malaysia Games (Sukma) gold medallist Julia Wong had given Malaysia the first point, beating Dian Ayu 13-11, 12-13, 13-10.
Indonesia, however, pulled back and were levelled at 2-2, winning the third singles and first doubles.
Stevani outclassed Chew Mei Lien 8-11, 2-11 while Nadya Melati-Meidiani defeated Julia-Yee Qui Hsiang 15-13, 15-5.
The 17-year-old Norsyahliza then partnered Sabrina Chong to clinch the winning point by beating Jane David-Kamala Dewi 15-11, 15-4 in the second doubles to help Malaysia retain the title.
The boys team comprising Liew Daren, Chong Li Qun, Lee Hock Lai, Chin Tze Seong, Chang Hun Ping, however, failed to make it a grand double for Malaysia. They lost 1-3 to Indonesia.
The individual events start today.
Last year, the Malaysians made a clean sweep of all seven gold medals in Penang and finished as overall champions.
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