Badminton...and Japan nipped Malaysia 4-3 in the Uber Cup Asian zone final to book a?
Badminton...and Japan nipped Malaysia 4-3 in the Uber Cup Asian zone final to book a berth in the finals to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in May. But it was Malaysia which raced out to a 2-0 lead with two out of three victories in singles matches.
SYNOPSIS: In the first match, it took only twenty nine minutes for Malaysia's Sylvia Ng to dispose of Japan's current Champion Saori Kondo.
Sylvia, whose back is to the camera, raced to a 3-0 lead before the Japanese girl caught up and fought it out point by point.
But the Malaysian, who is South East Asia's top player, managed to hold on, and won the first set 12-11.
In the second set, Kondo wasn't able to match the Malaysian's speed and ended up conceding the set 11-4 in less than 11 minutes. For Sylvia, it was sweet revenge over earlier loses to the Japanese champion in Hong Kong and New Zealand. (SEQ 1-5)
In the second singles match, Katherine Teh of Malaysia needed forty minutes to defeat Japanese veteran Hiroe Yuki in three sets.
Katherine took a 6-2 lead in the first set before the experience of Yuki began to reassert itself. The Japanese girl went on to win the set 11-8.
The second set was a closely contested duel all the way. The determined Malaysian matched the calm strokes of her opponent and held on to even the score at a set a piece with a 12-10 victory.
In the deciding set, Yuki was forced to make several errors and finally went down to a 11-3 defeat to her younger opponent in ten minutes.
Despite the wins, Malaysians lost any chance they had for a berth in the Uber Cup finals when they were easily shut out in a pair of doubles matches and the last singles match. (SEQ 6-10)