Malaysian men’s badminton squad out in 1st round of 2023 Asian Games

HANGZHOU, Sept 28: Malaysia’s men’s badminton team suffered a disappointing first round exit in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games after going down 1-3 to South Korea at the Binjiang Gymnasium here tonight.

The first round defeat to the Koreans was a bitter pill to swallow.

National number one Lee Zii Jia, ranked 16th in the world, lost 14-21, 21-14, 18-21 in three sets to Jeon Hyeok Jin, ranked 47th in the world.

Men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, levelled the tie at 1-1 with a convincing straight sets victory over Seo Seung Jae-Kang Min Hyuk 21-17, 21-9 but their gallant effort could not prevent the Malaysian team’s exit since the normally reliable Ng Tze Yong, ranked among the top 20 in the world, was totally outplayed by a player ranked much lower at 119th, Lee Yun Gyu who triumphed 21-11, 21-16.

Boosted by the result, South Korea’s second men’s doubles pair Kim Won Ho-Na Sung Seung simply overpowered Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi 21-16, 21-18 in straight sets to walk out with a 3-1 victory and earn a spot in the quarterfinals.

As their medal hopes in the team event had evaporated, the players will now start focusing on the individual events that are expected to start on Monday.