Indian men bow to Malaysia

Indian men go down to Malaysia 0-3 in the Thomas Cup (Asia Zone) second-stage tie here on Thursday.

World number one Lee Chong Wee gave Malaysia winning start by beating Ajay  Jayaram 21-12, 17-21, 21-8 in a match that lasted 47 minutes. Doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong then stretched Malaysia’s lead when they beat Rupesh Kumar-Sanave Thomas 21-14, 23-21.

Malaysia’s winning point was delivered by former All England champion Hafiz Hashim, who beat P Kashyap 21-17, 18- 21-18, 21-11 in 63 minutes.

Indian shuttlers will now have to play for the 5-8 playoffs.
Results (second stage): Thomas Cup: Malaysia bt India 3-0 (Chong Wei Lee bt Ajay Jayaram 21-12, 17-21, 21-8; Kien Keat Koo/ Boon Heong Tan bt Rupesh Kumar KT/ Sanave Thomas 21-14, 23-21; Muhammad Hafiz Hashim bt Parupalli Kashyap 21-17, 18-21, 21-11); China bt Thailand 3-0; Japan bt Chinese Taipei 3-0; Indonesia bt Korea 3-2.    
Uber Cup: Chinese Taipei bt Hong Kong 3-1; Japan bt Singapore 3-0; Thailand bt Malaysia 3-0; China bt Indonesia 3-0

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