AARHUS: Malaysia got a chance to get revenge on Indonesia after the two teams met in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals here at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (7:30 p.m. Malaysian time).
Malaysia, who finished second in Group D after losing 4-1 to Japan at Ceres Arena today, were beaten 3-1 by Indonesia at the same stage of the 2018 tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.
Indonesia, who dominated Group A, won the Thomas Cup a record 13 times while Malaysia lifted the coveted trophy five times, most recently in 1992.
The rest of the quarter-finals tomorrow will see South Korea take on Japan, Thailand take on defending champions China and Denmark take on India.
If the young Malaysian team overtakes Indonesia, they will face either Denmark or India in the last four.
Commenting on the draw, Malaysian Badminton Association (BAM) Coaching Director Wong Choong Haan hoped his men would be able to bounce back tomorrow after today’s loss to mighty Japan.
“I think we have to learn to accept our loss to Japan today because they are, after all, the seeds. I have confidence in my players that they can bounce back from today’s setback. hui when they face Indonesia tomorrow.
“All the teams are equally strong so it doesn’t matter who we meet. So we have to strategize and show our capabilities for the difficult task ahead … this is important.
“Our panel of coaches will discuss and try to find the right strategy for tomorrow,” he said.
Meanwhile, in today’s final group game against Japan, today’s story was how 22-year-old Leong Jun Hao, ranked 120th in the world, achieved a stunning victory 21-19, 21 -18 out of the world number 16. Kenta Nishimoto in the third single.
The match started today with world number one Kento Momota defeating Lee Zii Jia 15-21, 21-12, 23-21 after a titanic 80-minute battle in the opening singles to give Japan a 1-0 lead. .
The victory took Momota’s record for victories over Zii Jia to eight in 10 games, with his two defeats against the Malaysian coming in this year’s All England quarter-finals and the recent Sudirman Cup semi-finals.
Malaysia then suffered another blow when Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist and world number eight Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik lost 13-21, 13-21 to Japan’s world number 16 Takuro Hoki-Yugo. Kobayashi in 37 minutes.
Japan then sealed the victory point in the second single when world number 13 Kanta Tsuneyama resisted the fiery first game of world-ranked 70th-ranked Cheam June Wei to triumph 22-20, 21-13.
Malaysia suffered more misery in the second double when scratch pair Akira Koga-Yuta Watanabe downed world number 26 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Mohd Rumsani 21-10, 21-16 to give Japan a 4-point lead. -0.
Then came the heroism of Jun Hao against Kenta to put a smile on Malaysian faces.
Malaysia and Japan entered today’s match knowing they had already confirmed their places in the quarter-finals. Malaysia beat Canada 5-0 while Japan beat them 4-1. England, which was supposed to be part of the group, had withdrawn earlier. – Bernama