Lee Zii Jia Leads Malaysia To Thomas Cup Quarter-Finals After 5-0 Win

Lee Zii Jia reacts after winning a rally in the third men's singles tie against Anthony Ginting.

Malaysia got off to a flyer in their Thomas Cup campaign after they trounced Canada 5-0 in their Group D opener to book their place in the quarter-finals.

There was some reshuffling done to the national men’s doubles in particular, as Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik were paired with different partners to even out that department.

It worked as both pairs had no problems chalking up victory, but the win was only a warm-up to the stern test Japan is set to provide in the final group match on Thursday.

Lee Zii Jia gave Malaysia the lead with a 21-18, 21-13 win over upcoming Canadian youngster Brian Yang in 38 minutes.

Cheam June Wei, who had fared well in past team events, extended that advantage with a 21-14, 21-14 victory over Jason Anthony.

Ng Tze Yong confirmed victory in the third men’s singles when he beat B.R.Sankeerth 21-7, 21-19 in 42 minutes.

Then the experimental pairing of Nur Izzuddin-Soh Wooi Yik were given their first test of the tournament against Phillipe Charron-Maxime Tetreaultm which they excelled 21-7, 21-10 in 25 minutes.

Aaron Chia-Goh Sze Fei completed the rout against B.R.Sankeerth-Nyl Yakura 21-14, 21-13 in 31 minutes.

Malaysia sailed into the last eight after one win, as England, who were in the same group, withdrew after injuries to several of their shuttles.

Should Malaysia beat Japan, they will be confirmed as group champions after the Japanese only managed a 4-1 victory against Canada last Sunday.

View their latest match here:

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