Thomas Cup: Indonesia spoil the day for Malaysia, again
AARHUS (Denmark), Oct 16 — Indonesia have denied Malaysia a place in the semi-finals of the Thomas Cup for the second straight edition after trouncing Lee Zii Jia and Co 3-0 in the quarter-finals at the Ceres Arena, here, yesterday.
Indonesia, who have won the Thomas Cup a record 13 times, had knocked out five-time winners Malaysia 3-1 in the 2018 edition in Bangkok.
Malaysia was counting on world number eight and team captain Zii Jia to give them a winning start so as to inspire his teammates but, alas, he was found wanting against world number five Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the first singles.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Ginting, who began aggressively, took just 38 minutes to beat an error-prone Zii Jia 21-15, 21-17.
Malaysia then pinned their hopes on Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik to upset world number one Marcu