Malaysia Too Strong For Japan


Kento Momota-led Japan faded before a strong Malaysian charge led by Lee Zii Jia in the final tie of Group D.

Japan’s troubles were evident from the opening match, with Momota outgunned 21-17 21-8 by Lee Zii Jia. Malaysia went 2-0 up through Goh Sze Fei/Nur Izzuddin, who dismissed world champions Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi in straight games.

Although Kanta Tsuneyama kept Japan alive in the contest, Malaysia’s scratch pairing of Aaron Chia/Teo Ee Yi outplayed Akira Koga/Yuta Watanabe in an entertaining contest, 22-20 21-17.

“Although I’m not in the national team, I used to play with Aaron before, so we are used to this combination,” said Teo. “We have grown since then, and we trust each other.”