Chong Wei: We can beat South Korea

The two sides will face off in the quarter-finals of the prestigious team competition, having already done battle in the preliminary stage where Malaysia triumphed 3-2.

Despite finishing as one of the four group winners, Malaysia were draw against the top seeds once more for the last eight, leaving Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost ruing their bad luck.

“We had a 25% chance of facing South Korea in the quarter-finals … and we got them again,” Frost told The Star.

“It’s definitely tough. We could have drawn Germany … the Koreans are the toughest opponents that we could’ve picked.

“We’ve beaten them once … we can do it again. The players are high on confidence after the group stages and they’ll put up a fight."

Chong Wei, who is likely to face world number five Son Wan-ho in the singles match, echoed Frost's sentiments, asserting that his team are up to the challenge of beating Korea once more.

“We’ve been preparing to take on anyone the past two days … and we’re confident,” he said.

“The team have been playing beyond expectations and even beat the in-form Korean team for the first time. We’ll go out there and do our best.”

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