The men’s team thrashed Germany 5-0 to set up an exciting clash against Korea tomorrow afternoon. Malaysian team spearheaded by two times silver medalist, Lee Chong Wei was almost stretched to three games by Kai Schaefer when both players were levelled at 19-19 in the first game.
However, two errors from Kai gave Chong Wei the advantage of sealing the first game. In the second game, it was Chong Wei who stayed as the dominant one throughout to win the match 21-19, 21-15.
The next victory came from Goh V Shem/ Tan Wee Kiong who had an easy match against Richard Domke/ Fabian Holzer winning, 21-12, 21-11 in lest than 30 minutes. Malaysia’s second singles and world No. 36, Iskandar Zainuddin gave Malaysia the third and winning point after a convincing performance against Lars Schaenzler.
Iskandar has improved tremendously this year thanks to his remarkable performance at the Malaysia Masters GP Gold in January where he made it all the way to the finals to face Lee Chong Wei. He had beaten top players like Angus Ng Kah Long of Hong Kong and K. Srikanth of India en route to the finals. The national champion did not only gain more experience, he also built his confidence level competing in bigger tournaments.
“I hope I’ll be able to create some upsets here and facing Korea is going to be tough although I feel that it is possible to defeat them. I am not sure if I will be in action tomorrow but if I am fielded to play, I am surely going to give my best,” said Iskandar from Kunshan, China.
The other two points for Malaysia came from former nationals, Koo Kien Keat/ Tan Boon Heong and Chong Wei Feng who also did not have troubles overcoming their German opponents.