Bloodied Malaysia exit Sudirman Cup after freak injury

Teo Ee Yi lies injured during a match against Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in the men’s doubles quarter-final match at the 2019 Sudirman Cup. (AFP pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian badminton player Teo Ee Yi was bloodied and shaken after his doubles partner accidentally smashed him in the face with his shin during their Sudirman Cup quarter-final defeat to Japan on Friday.

The 26-year-old lay prone on the court floor for nearly 10 minutes with a gashed chin, blood pouring down his neck, with the men’s doubles clash against top seeds Japan locked at 19-19 in the deciding game.

Teo suffered the injury after he and playing partner Ong Yew Sin both dived in an attempt to retrieve the same shot, and Ong’s trailing left leg clattered Teo in the face.

Although Teo eventually climbed off the floor to continue with a large bandage on his chin, the Malaysian duo appeared to have lost their edge.

They saved a second match point against Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda, but could not ultimately prevent going down to a dramatic defeat spread over 95 thrilling minutes.

Teo afterwards refused to blame the attritional three-game loss on the injury, but said: “It’s quite a big cut and I think it’s going to need stitches.”

The painful defeat put Japan 1-0 up in the tie in the Chinese city of Nanning, and on the way to a semi-finals meeting against Taiwan or Indonesia.

Men’s world number one Kento Momota and Nozomi Okuhara triumphed in their singles matches to give Japan an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Saturday’s other semi-final is between the hosts China, who are the hot favourites to win the mixed-team world championship, and Thailand.