SHAH ALAM: A tenacious Malaysian men’s badminton team stamped its superiority on the region by winning the Badminton Asia Team Championships after thumping Indonesia 3-0.
Lee Zii Jia gave Malaysia a flying start by defeating Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in the opening match despite a stuttering start in the first game, losing 21-14.
However, the 24-year-old, who displayed fine form throughout this tournament, picked himself up in the next two games by winning convincingly 21-12, 21-10.
The jubilant fans were in store for another fascinating win when the nation’s top doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik defeated Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin 17-21, 21-13, 21-18 to give Malaysia a commanding lead.
In the second singles, Ng Tze Yong showed confidence from the start, despite knowing the team and the nation were eagerly expecting him to bag the winning point against 22-year-old Ikhsan Rumbay.
He did not disappoint the crowd, leading all the way to win the first game 21-14. In the second game, Ng proved too formidable for his opponent, winning 21-15.
This is Malaysia’s best performance at the tournament since its inception in 2016. They finished runners-up in 2020.