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Malaysia settle for Sudirman Cup bronze

K. Letshanaa

Malaysia had to settle for the bronze medal in the Sudirman Cup 2023 when they ended their campaign in the semifinals today with a 3-1 loss to South Korea.

After knocking out the likes of India, Chinese Taipei and Denmark in the earlier rounds, the semifinal tie against South Korea would turn out to be a whole different ‘shuttle’ game.

Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei could not deliver the first point in the Mixed Doubles when they fell to a 21-11, 13-21, 7-21 defeat to world No. 5, Seo Seung-Jae-Chae Yu-jung.

But Malaysia rebounded in the second game in the Men’s Singles when Lee Zii Jia drew level 1-1 after beating Jeon Hyeok-jin 21-11, 21-9.

However, that was to be the only bright spark from the Malaysian camp as K. Letshanaa faltered to world No. 2 An Se-young 21-10, 21-13 to give the advantage back to South Korea 2-1.

The hope for world No. 2 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik to put Malaysia back on level terms fizzled out when the pair failed to counter the aggressive play from Kim Win-ho and Na Sung-seung 21-12, 21-11.

It was Malaysia’s third bronze following those in 2009 and 2021.

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