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Malaysia knocks out Japan in women's Uber Cup

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Category: Badminton News Published: 14 May 2008
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Malaysia and the Netherlands won easy playoff victories to reach the quarterfinals of the women's Uber Cup badminton championships on Tuesday, while Thailand and Japan progressed in the men's Thomas Cup competition.

Playing at Jakarta's Senayan Sports Palace, Julia Wong Pei Xian led the Malaysians to a quarterfinal clash with group leader South Korea in a grueling singles match that ended 21-15, 10-21, 21-19.

World No. 10 Wong Mew Choo outclassed unheralded Japanese Eriko Hirose and Lim Pek Siah combined with Wong Pei Tty to upset Satoko Suetsuna and Miyuki Maeda in the doubles.

In other play, the Netherlands, Germany and Hong Kong blanked their opponents 3-0. The Netherlands defeated New Zealand, Hong Kong eliminated the United States while Germany edged South Africa.

In the men's competition, Thailand progressed over New Zealand 3-0, while Japan beat Germany 3-2.

Thailand will play defending champion China in Wednesday's quarterfinals and Japan will take on Malaysia.

South Korea and England produced other one-sided victories by eliminating Canada and Nigeria 3-0. The Koreans will face Denmark, while England will test the host, second-seeded Indonesia.

In the Uber Cup, the Netherlands will challenge defending champion China. Malaysia plays South Korea, while Denmark squares off against Germany. Hong Kong takes on Indonesia.

 

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