KUALA LUMPUR: There was a pleasant surprise for Malaysia when they were seeded second behind China in the mixed team competition of the Asian Junior Badminton Championships, which begin on Sunday at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here.
But it will not be easy for Malaysia to live up to the billing in the Under-19 championships as they are expected to play against South Korea in the semi-finals.
Malaysia have been drawn in Group B with India, Mongolia and Vietnam. The third-fourth seeded Koreans are expected to top Group C, which has Indonesia, Taiwan and Laos. Defending champions China are in Group A with Japan, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Group D comprises Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kazakhstan.