Malaysia qualified for the Uber Cup Finals in Denmark by reaching the semi-finals in the Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships with a 3-1 win over Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila on Friday.
It was the doubles pair of Pearly Tan Koong Le-M. Thinaah who clinched the winning point in the second doubles. In the battle of the nerves, the Malaysians won the 61-minute encounter – coming back from a game down to beat Chen Chi Ya-Liu Chiao Yun 18-21, 21-17, 21-18.
In the semi-finals, on Saturday the Malaysians will face defending champions Japan who beat Malaysia 3-2 in a Group W match on Thursday.
“The young players showed the way. They won the battle of the nerves, knowing a defeat would have been a different story if the tie had extended to matches,” said team manager Wong Choong Hann who is also the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) director of coaching.
Soniia Cheah won the first singles against Pai Yu Poh 21-14, 17-21, 22-20 in 60 minutes but Chinese Taipei made it 1-1 by taking the first doubles through Hsu Ya Ching-Hu Ling Fang with a 21-14, 21-14win over Chow Mei Kuan-Lim Meng Yean.
Goh Jin Wei then took to the courts and did not disappoint with a 21-23, 21-18, 21-12 win over Chiang Ying Li for Malaysia’s second point before Pearly Tan-Thinaah did the rest.
“To qualify for the Uber Cup Finals is an achievement. For now, that takes a backseat as we focus on Japan in the semi-finals,” added Choong Hann.
In the other semi-finals, Thailand will take on Korea.
Japan 3 Indonesia 0
WS1: Akane Yamauchi beat Gregoria Mariska 21-9, 21-15
WD1: Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota beat Apriyani Raayu-Siti Fadia Ramadhanti 21-19, 21-15
WS2: Sayaka Takahasi beat Ruselli Hartawan 21-13, 21-14
Malaysia 3 Chinese Taipei 1
WS1: Soniia Cheah beat Pai Yu Po 21-14, 17-21, 22-20
WD1: Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Men Yean lost to Hsu Ya Ching-Hu Ling Fang 14-21, 14-21
WS2: Goh Jin Wei beat Chiang Ying Li 21-23, 21-8, 21-12
WD2: Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah 18-21, 21-17, 21-18
Thailand 3 Kazakhstan 0
WS1: Busanan Ongbamrunphan beat Kamila Smaulova 21-3, 21-4
WS2: Pornpawee Chochuwong beat Arina Sazonova 21-1, 21-7
WS3: Phittayaporn Chaiwan beat Oxsana Shtelle 21-6, 21-5
Korea 3 Singapore 0
WS1: An Se Young beat Yeo Jia Min 15-21, 21-13, 21-16
WS2: Sung Ji Hyun beat Jaslyn Ooi 21-15, 21-12
WS3: Kim Ga Eun beat Grace Chua Hui Zhen 21-10, 21-10