Kunshan: Malaysian Uber Cup coaches and players came to the Kunshan Sports Centre to play their last group tie in Uber Cup finals with the “nothing to lose” mindset.
Perhaps they didn’t foresee the 16-year-old World Junior champion Goh Jin Wei would go on to put up arguably one of her best fight in the 2016 Uber Cup finals, when Goh almost toppled the World No. 1 women’s singles player Carolina Marin before going down to the World champion 18-21, 22-20, 16-21 in a 77 minutes encounter.
Goh was able to bounce back from 19-20 in the second set to force the decider.
“I was a little lucky in the second set when Carolina started to make simple mistakes while she was on the verge of victory,” said Goh.
“I kept my calm to win the second set, but her experience and speed proved to be vital in winning the match,” added Goh.
After Ho Yen Mei lost 13-21, 9-21 to Beatriz Corrales in the second women’s singles match, Sonia Cheah stepped up when her team needed it the most to brush aside Clara Azurmendi 21-14, 21-18 to cut the deficit to 1-2.
Making their debut appearance, Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean did not disappoint to level tie 2-2 after seeing off Beatriz Corrales/Lorena Usle 21-12, 21-7.
Scratch pair Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Woon Khe Wei were barely troubled to beat Clara Azurmendi/Laia Oset 21-12, 21-13 and to clinch the winning point for Malaysia.
Despite not able to make the quarter-finals, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost Hansen said the Uber Cup squad did well in the tournament.
“Our players are outstanding today. Sonia stepped up to win the first point and I am happy that our doubles pairs could clinch the victory for the team. Jin Wei played very well, Yen Mei seemed a bit tired after losing a three-set fight against Anna Thea Adsen of Denmark yesterday,” he said.
The Uber Cup defending champions, China, managed to top Group A after sweeping Denmark 5-0 on Wednesday.
In another Uber Cup tie between Japan and India, the Japanese team staged a brilliant comeback after trailing 0-2 to win the remaining three matches and to top group D.