IT took two big blows in the Sudirman Cup to expose Malaysia’s lack of depth and a rather disturbing future in the national badminton team.
The dream of reaching the semi-finals at home was shattered when Malaysia lost both their Group C ties at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil. Taiwan served the first blow on Sunday with a 3-2 win and German knocked them out with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday.
While Taiwan and Germany advanced to the quarter-finals with huge smiles, Malaysia were left in tears despite having home ground advantage.
It was Malaysia’s second defeat to Germany in the Sudirman Cup. In 2001 at Sevilla, Spain, Malaysia had also lost 3-2 to Germany.
Interestingly, on both occasion, Malaysia won their men’s singles and doubles events but dropped points in the women’s singles, doubles and mixed.
The sad situation is that even after 12 long years, Malaysia have not shown any sign of improvement as far as the depth of the team is concerned despite so many changes in the training and coaching structures.