The Malaysian badminton team enter the tournament as the third-highest seed team and favourite to advance from Group C.
The Sudirman Cup 2023 is a highly anticipated badminton tournament that started on 14 May and will continue until 21 May. This year’s tournament features an array of talented badminton teams from around the world, all vying for the chance to lift the coveted Sudirman Cup trophy.
The Malaysian badminton team, who are one of the top-seeded teams, are expected to advance from Group C, which also includes India, Chinese Taipei, and Australia. However, Group C has been dubbed the Group of Death due to its inclusion of three top-10 ranked teams in the world. This means that any of the teams in the group could potentially make it out as the group winners.
Although Malaysia is considered to be the strongest team on paper, they should not underestimate their opponents. India, Chinese Taipei, and Australia all have the potential to cause an upset and defeat Malaysia on their day.
Therefore, the Malaysian team, who won the bronze medal in the 2021 edition, will need to stay alert throughout the competition and not let their guard down. They will need to bring their A-game to every match and play with the utmost focus and determination to ensure that they make it through to the later stages of the tournament.
Overall, the Sudirman Cup 2023 promises to be an exciting and competitive event, with some of the world’s best badminton players showcasing their skills and battling it out for the championship title. It will be interesting to see how the Malaysian badminton team performs and whether they can live up to their expectations as one of the tournament’s top-seeded teams.
The latest updates on Team Malaysia at the Sudirman Cup 2023 badminton tournament
Who’s representing Malaysia at the Sudirman Cup 2023?
Men’s Singles: Lee Zii Jia, Ng Tze Yong
Women’s Singles: Goh Jin Wei, Letshanaa Karupathevan
Men’s Doubles: Aaron Chia, Soh Wooi Yik, Ong Yew Sin, Teo Ee Yi
Women’s Doubles: Pearly Tan, Thinaah Muralitharan, Valeree Siow, Go Pei Kee
Mixed Doubles: Goh Soon Huat & Shevon Jamie Lai, Tan Kian Meng & Lai Pei Jing, Chen Tang Jie & Toh Ee Wei, Hoo Pang Ron &Teoh Mei Xing
14 May 2023
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The Malaysian badminton team entered the Sudirman Cup 2023 as one of the top-seeded teams, with high expectations and pressure to perform well. The opening match of Group C against Australia was a chance for them to set the tone for their campaign and prove their worth. Despite facing a relatively weaker opponent, Malaysia did not take the match lightly and fielded a nearly full-strength squad for the encounter.
The Malaysian team dominated the match from the start, winning all five matches with ease. The mixed doubles pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Lai got the Malaysian team off to a flying start by winning the first point of the match, defeating Kenneth Choo and Gronya Somerville with points 21 – 17, 21 – 14.
Lee Zii Jia, the talented Malaysian player and world No. 8 in men’s singles, continued the momentum with a convincing win against his Australian counterpart, Ricky Tang—claiming victory with the scores of 21 – 3, 21 – 13.
K. Letshanaa, who is making her second Sudirman Cup appearance, then ensured that Malaysia took an unassailable lead in the women’s singles category, successfully defeating Australia’s Tiffany Ho—21 – 19, 21 – 12.
Malaysia’s men’s doubles team of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, who are the reigning world champions and ranked world No. 3, then wasted no time in winning their match against Rayne Wang and Jack Yu, overpowering the opponents with the scores of 21 – 7, 21 – 14.
The women‘s doubles pair of Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan, who won last year’s French Open, completed the rout by winning their match comfortably against Kaitlyn EA and Gronya Somerville. With the scores of 21 – 12, 21 – 13, the national women’s double shuttlers claimed Malaysia’s first win in Group C at the Sudirman Cup 2023 badminton tournament.
The Malaysian team’s dominant performance in the opening match was a statement of their intent and a warning to their opponents. It showed that they were not to be underestimated, and they were determined to live up to their expectations as one of the tournament’s top-seeded teams.
However, they cannot afford to be complacent and will need to maintain their focus and momentum throughout the competition. Their next match against India on 15 May is expected to be a tougher challenge, followed by a match against Chinese Taipei on 17 May.
The Malaysian team will need to continue to bring their A-game to every match and play with the utmost determination to ensure that they make it through to the later stages of the tournament.
15 May 2023
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On 15 May, the Malaysian team faced off against India in their second Group C match of the tournament. The match was expected to be a tough challenge for both teams, as they were both looking to secure a spot in the quarter-finals. The Malaysian team put on an impressive performance and won all five matches with ease, securing their spot in the quarter-finals.
The mixed doubles pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Lai got Malaysia off to a flying start by winning the first point with points 21 – 16, 21 – 17, defeating India’s Dhruv Kapila and Ashwini Ponnappa.
Lee Zii Jia, the world No. 8 in men’s singles, then delivered the second point with a convincing win against his Indian counterpart, Srikanth Kidambi. The Malaysian player successfully outplayed his opponent with 21 – 16, 21 – 11.
Goh Jin Wei, a national women’s singles professional shuttler, then played superbly to edge world No. 12 Pusarla V Sindhu 14 – 21, 21 – 10, 22 – 20 for her first win against the Indian ace in five outings to put Malaysia 3 – 0 up.
The Malaysian men’s doubles pair of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik and the women’s doubles pair of Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan completed the sweep, winning their matches with ease—both successfully claiming victory with the scores of 21 – 18, 21 – 19 and 21 – 15, 21 – 13, respectively.
As a result of this impressive victory, Malaysia now leads Group C, followed by Chinese Taipei, India, and Australia. Malaysia will face off against Chinese Taipei on 17 May to determine the group winner. The top two teams after the group matches will advance to the quarter-finals.
17 May 2023
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On 17 May 2023, the Malaysian badminton team faced off against Chinese Taipei in a highly anticipated match at the Sudirman Cup tournament. The Malaysian team entered the match after convincingly defeating their opponents in their previous two group stage matches. Chinese Taipei, on the other hand, had also secured two victories in their previous group stage matches, making this match a crucial one for both teams.
The Malaysian team proved their mettle and showed their determination to come out on top. The opening match of the tie was the mixed doubles, which saw Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei take on Ye Hong Wei and Lee Chia Hsin from Chinese Taipei. The Malaysian duo put on a superb performance and won the match, securing the first point for their team—the scores were 17 – 21, 21 – 19, 21 – 17.
The talented Lee Zii Jia, the world No. 8 in men’s singles, then took to the court to play against world No. 5 Chou Tien Chen. The match was highly anticipated, and both players were in good form. Lee Zii Jia, however, proved to be too strong for his opponent, winning the match and securing the second point for Malaysia with points, 21 – 14, 23 – 21.
Chinese Taipei put up a fight and pulled one point back through former world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying, who defeated Goh Jin Wei in women’s singles with the scores of 21 – 8, 21 – 10 in just 28 minutes.
However, Malaysia remained in the lead and secured the tie and top spot in the group when Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi defeated Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han in the men’s doubles match—21 – 8, 23 – 21.
In the final women’s doubles match, French Open champions Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan displayed their skills and beat Hsu Ya Ching and Teng Chun Hsun, securing the final point for Malaysia and completing the win. The pair of shuttlers dominated the match with points, 21 – 15, 19 – 21, 21 – 15.
The victory against Chinese Taipei was a significant achievement for Malaysia, and the team’s performance demonstrated their determination and ability to overcome tough opponents. With this win, the Malaysian badminton team secured the top spot in Group C and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup tournament—which will be decided after the completion of all group matches, tomorrow night, 18 May 2023.
The Malaysian team’s performance in the tournament so far has been impressive, and they have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with. Their next challenge will be to maintain their winning streak and perform to the best of their abilities in the quarter-finals. The team and the fans are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming matches, and they hope that the Malaysian team can continue to make them proud.
19 May 2023
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The Malaysian badminton team secured a spot in the semifinals of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championships by defeating Denmark with a score of 3-1. The quarter-finals match was a remarkable display of skill and determination by the Malaysian team, who were up against a tough opponent.
The opening match of the quarter-finals was the mixed doubles, in which Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei emerged victorious, fighting back from a first-game loss to beat Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Boje with scores of 15 – 21, 21 – 14, 21 – 7.
Lee Zii Jia, the talented Malaysian player and world No. 8 in men’s singles, secured another victory for the team, as his opponent, Viktor Axelsen, had to withdraw from the match due to an injury.
The women’s singles match was a closely contested one, with Goh Jin Wei facing Mia Blichfeldt. Although Goh Jin Wei put up a good fight, she eventually lost with scores of 14 – 21, 21 – 15, 19 – 21.
However, the Malaysian team didn’t let this setback affect their confidence and continued to play with conviction. The national team clinched the win with a victory in the men’s doubles match, where Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik defeated Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen with scores of 21 – 17, 21 – 16.
This win was a significant achievement for the Malaysian team, as it qualified them for the semifinals, where they would face South Korea the following day at 10am, 20 May 2023.
The Malaysian team’s performance in the Sudirman Cup 2023 has been nothing but great so far, and their continued success in the tournament will depend on their ability to maintain their focus and play to their full potential.
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20 May 2023
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In the semi-finals of the Sudirman Cup 2023, the Malaysian badminton team faced a formidable opponent in South Korea. Despite a valiant effort, Malaysia lost the match 3 – 1, with South Korea securing their place in the final.
Malaysia’s mixed doubles team, Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei, suffered their first defeat of the tournament to world No. 5 Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jung, after winning all their previous matches—the scores were 21 – 11, 13 – 21, 7 – 21.
However, Lee Zii Jia, the world No. 8 in men’s singles, managed to win his match, giving Malaysia a glimmer of hope. The national shuttler went up against South Korea’s Jeon Hyeok-jin who was easily defeated with the scores of 21 – 11, 21 – 9 in the men’s singles in just 35 minutes.
Unfortunately, Malaysia lost the women’s singles match, which swung the tie back in South Korea’s favour. 20-year-old shuttler K. Letshanaa lost out 10 – 21, 13 – 21 to world No. 2 An Se-young.
Olympics bronze medalists and men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik surprisingly failed to save the tie and was defeated by South Korea’s Kim Won-ho and Na Sung-seung with the scores 12 – 21, 11 – 21—ultimately sealing the victory for South Korea.
Though the loss was disappointing, the Malaysian team had achieved their target of reaching the last four and finishing with a bronze medal. The team’s performance in the tournament was impressive, showcasing their skill and determination to succeed. Despite facing tough opponents, the Malaysian team fought hard and put up a good fight in every match. They proved that they were a force to be reckoned with and that they were capable of competing at the highest level.
Overall, the Sudirman Cup 2023 was a successful tournament for Malaysia, and the team can hold their heads high. They demonstrated their skill, resilience, and teamwork, and their performance has given fans a lot to be proud of. The team’s future is looking promising, and the fans are eagerly looking forward to their upcoming matches.
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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur