Malaysia put up a gritty performance against Denmark before going down 3-2 in their opening Group Z match in the Uber Cup competition at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Monday.
The Malaysians got off to a roaring start when the country’s top women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi showed grit and determination in her 21-14, 22-20 win over Line Kjaersfeldt in a 38 minute match.
But the Danes came back strongly and rode on their doubles strength when World No 3 Christina Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl outplayed reigning SEA Games champions Woon Khe We-Vivian Hoo 21-17, 21-10 to make it all square.
In the second singles Yang Li Lian put up a tremendous battle against Anna Thea Madsen in a three-set thriller which lasted 49 minutes which saw the Dane carve out a 21-13, 15-21, 21-19 win for a 2-1 lead.
The second doubles was another thriller with Denmark’s Marie Roepke-Line Damkjaer coming back from a set down for a 19-21, 21-16, 21-19 win in 63 minutes over Lee Meng Yean-Lim Yin Loo and hand Denmark a 3-1 lead.
Uber Cup rookie Lim Yin Fun took a point off Denmark with a 21-15, 14-21, 21-19 win over Sandra Maria Jensen.
In the second match on Tuesday, Malaysia will face Japan.