Malaysia’s challenge at BWF World Tour Finals fizzles out

None of the Malaysian shuttlers will be in the running for the BWF World Tour Finals title tomorrow, as all delegates in three occasions smashed out in the elimination rounds at the Bali International Convention Center today.

The greatest dissatisfaction was men’s singles world No 8 shuttler Lee Zii Jia, who was upstaged by Thailand’s reality No 23 Kunlavut Vitidsarn in straight games 21-18, 21-18.

The three-time world junior boss Kunlavut, who experienced a 21-15, 21-16 loss to the All England champion in a Group B match on Wednesday, vindicated his misfortune on the way to his first last in the season finale.

Zii Jia said Kunlavut played a preferred game over him.

“Basically he was more tolerant today contrasted with the past match, and was more ready. Kunlavut knows my ongoing interaction and I could see he was more in charge.

“However I lost in the elimination rounds, I can say it’s a decent outcome contrasted with the 2020 World Tour Finals in January where I was disposed of in the gathering stage. This time I made the semis,” he told the Badminton World Federation.

Zii Jia said he will take a rest and plan for the season finishing World Championship booked from Dec 12-19 in Huelva, Spain.

In the interim, in the men’s duplicates elimination rounds, world No 12 sets Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi couldn’t match the strong Japanese Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi, losing in straight games 21-18, 21-15 out of 39 minutes.

Prior, 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying’s effort in the blended copies class additionally finished.

The pair went down to Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai 21-8, 21-18 following a 42-minute match.

Regardless of the elimination round exits, the agents in the three occasions stashed prize cash of US$30,000 (about RM127,000) for making it into the last four phase.

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