New Delhi: Malaysia advanced to Thomas Cup semi-finals after a hard-fought 3-1 win over Denmark.
With the beginning of Thomas-Uber Cup quarter finals, teams do not need to play the remaining games if the tie is decided.
The last time Malaysia went into the semi-finals was in the 2010, Kuala Lumpur Thomas Cup.
World number three Jan Jorgensen was able to force a rubber against world number one Lee Chong Wei before Chong Wei holding off the tenacious challenge from the Danish to prevail 20-22, 21-14, 21-17 in 62 minutes.
But it could turn out to be a costly victory as Lee Chong Wei’s fitness is in question after he slipped in his opening singles match against his world number three rival Jan Jorgensen. However, the Malaysia team did get a scare when Chong Wei slipped and twisted his left ankle at 16-16 in the rubber game, which brought back the nightmare of last Thomas Cup when Chong Wei tore a tendon on his ankle during a Thomas Cup Group C tie against Denmark at the Wuhan Sports Gymnasium Centre.
“This court is very slippery, I’ve seen other players slipped on this court,” said Chong Wei.
“I can withstand the pain. Fortunately we have a physiotherapist here to diagnose and take care of my condition.”
“Jorgensen is very familiar with my game, and he was able to force me to make some mistakes in the first game,” said Chong Wei, who has 12-2 records against Jorgensen.
The 2004 world junior champion pair Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How crashed out easily 14-21, 18-21 to Mads Pieler Kolding-Mads Conrad Petersen in the first men’s singles. It was Chong Wei Feng who carried out his heroic badminton duties again to stage a comeback against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus from one set down to clinch the win with 19-21, 21-14, 21-8 in 56 minutes.
The scratch pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong continued their high-energy and high-quality performances by tearing the Danish scratch pairing Carsten Mogensen-Joachim Fischer Nielsen apart with their outstanding drop shots and smashing to seal the 21-19, 21-13 win.
“We’ve reached our target, it’s all about teamwork. Next, we’ll just focus on one game at a time,” said Wei Feng.
Malaysia will play Indonesia in the semi-finals.