Malaysia knocked out of Badminton Asia Champs

The Malaysian men and women’s teams were both knocked out of the ongoing Happening Hyderabad Badminton Asia Championships on Friday.

Thailand put the Malaysian women to the sword, winning their three matches comfortably, with Ratchanok Intanon easing past Malaysia’s Yen Mei Ho 21-16, 21-9 to get them off to a winning start.

The Malaysian men were then 2-0 down against India, but wins from Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and doubles duo Yew Sin Ong and Eei Teo fought back to make it 2-2.

Unfortunately, HS Prannoy was too good for Teck Zhi Soo, defeating him in straight games to book India a place in the semi-finals.

They go on to play Indonesia in the final four, after they made short work of Hong Kong, beating them 3-0.

In other results, Japan eased past Chinese Taipei 3-1, with the latter’s only win coming from Chia Hsin Lee in a three-game thriller.

The afternoon quarter-finals were all one-sided affairs, ending within three matches.

The South Korean women’s team beat India 3-0 to set up a semi-final with China, who were 3-0 winners over Indonesia.

The second men’s semi-final, meanwhile, will see South Korea take on Japan. The Koreans beat China 3-0, while Japan trumped Chinese Taipei by the same margin.