* Same scenario as Malaysia earn a seeding for quarter-finals
* Chong Wei continues his winning run in Dongguan
* V Shem-Wee Kiong deliver first point again
* Peng Soon-Liu Ying deliver winning point
The scenario was the same in Dongguan as Malaysia continued to roar in this year’s Sudirman Cup – topping Group D with their second successive 3-2 win – this time over India and a place in the quarter-finals.
By topping the group Malaysia will be seeded in the quarter-finals. On Sunday, Malaysia led by former World No 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei stunned second seeds South Korea 3-2 to kick start their Sudirman Cup campaign on a winning note after a disastrous outing in Kuala Lumpur in 2013 when they failed to go past the group stage.
On Monday night, the scenario for Malaysia was the same with men’s doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong securing the morale boosting first point before Chong Wei made it 2-1 for Malaysia after Tee Jing Yi lost her women’s singles match to World No 2 Saina Nehwal.
Just like against the Koreans, it was 2-2 when Malaysia’s top women’s doubles pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei lost their match to India’s Ashwinin Ponnappa-Jwala Gutta in three sets. The Indians won 21-18, 19-21, 21-15 in 56 minutes and in the process exacted sweet revenge on the Malaysians who beat them for the gold medal in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
However, former World No 3 Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying once again trooped onto the court and delivered Malaysia’s winning point but not before India’s scratch pair of Arun Vishnu-Sikki Reddy stretched them for 56 minutes before prevailing 21-14, 21-18.
Chong Wei, elated with his selection over Chong Wei Feng for this year’s World Championships in Jakarta from Aug 10-16, stretched his head to head count over K. Srikanth to 4-0 with a 21-16, 21-15 win in a 40 minute encounter with the World No 4.
“It was not an easy match against Srikanth….he is ranked No 4 in the world and it was tough playing him compared to my match against Korea (Lee Dong Keun),” said Chong Wei after his match against Srikanth.
Wee Kiong had this to say on their win in the men’s doubles: “We were a bit tired after the tough match against Korea’s world No 1 (Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong. But once we got into stride we were determined to win the first point for Malaysia in the team event and glad we won.”
V Shem-Wee Kiong needed only 33 minutes to cruise past Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy 21-15, 21-16.
Malaysia’s top women’s shuttler Tee Jing Yi, who was rested against Korea. gave Nehwal a run for the money in the first set but fizzled out in the second in her 24-22, 21-13 defeat to the Indian.
MALAYSIA 3 INDIA 2
Datuk Lee Chong Wei beat K. Srikanth 21-16, 21-15
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong beat Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy 21-15, 21-16
Tee Jing Yi lost to Saina Nehwal 22-24, 13-21
Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei lost to Ashwinin Ponappa-Jwala Gutta 18-21, 21-19, 15-21
Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying beat Arun Vishnu-Sikki Reddy 21-14, 21-18