MALAYSIAN FLAG KEPT FLYING AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN HUELVA

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 – Malaysians face tough, tough hurdles in round three at the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain after coming through their second round matches on Tuesday.
Men’s doubles Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani were not at their best and made heavy weather of their match against Scotland’s Alexander Dunn-Adam Hall before prevailing 21-14, 19-21, 21-16 in a 55-minute match.
The 14th seeded Malaysians struggled in their game with their game but steadied their boat and kept their composure to subdue the taller Scots.
The Malaysian number two pair, however, will have to scale a mountain to keep their challenge in the world meet alive when they face Tokyo Olympics champions and third seeds Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin of Chinese Taipei in the third round.
No 9 seeds Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi slumped in their second game against Denmark’s Joel Eipe-Rasmus Kjaer but hit a purple patch at the right time – coming down from 10-18 down to carve out a 21-12, 21-19 win 39 minutes.
Their third round opponents will be India’s hard hitting Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty. The Indians defeated another Chinese Taipei pair Lee Jhe Huei-Yang Po Hsuan  27-25, 21-17.
In the mixed doubles Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (No 9 seeds) outplayed India’s Sourabh Sharma-Anoushka Parikh 21-8, 21-18 in 35 minutes. Their third round match is a real toughie for the Malaysians who will be up against Japan’s Tokyo bronze medal winners Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino.

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