BANGKOK- Malaysia has secured a spot in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals.
On Monday (May 21), we got off to a brilliant start in the Finals when we whipped Russia 5-0 in the opening Group D tie at Impact Arena.
Only the top two teams advance to quarter-finals.
Malaysia will play Algeria on Tuesday and will take defending champions Denmark on Wednesday to determine the group winners.
Skipper Lee Chong Wei started the ball rolling for Malaysia by beating Vladimir Malkov 21-9, 21-6.
Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong then upstaged world No 10 Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov with a 21-18, 21-19 win.
Youngster Lee Zii Jia starred in his first Thomas Cup appearance by keeping his cool to win against Sergey Sirant 21-13, 21-16.
Scratch pair Aaron Chia-Teo Ee Yi also justified the coaches’ selection when the duo, playing for the first time in the Finals, blew away Evgenij Dremin-Denis Grachev 21-16, 21-9 to give Malaysia a comfortable 4-0 lead.
Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin sealed the tie with a 21-9, 21-12 win over Rodion Alimov.
Group D: Malaysia bt Russia 5-0 (Lee Chong Wei bt Vladimir Malkov 21-9, 21-6; Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong bt Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov 21-18, 21-19; Lee Zii Jia bt Sergey Sirant 21-13, 21-16; Aaron Chia-Teo Ee Yi bt Evgenij Dremin-Denis Grachev 21-16, 21-9; Iskandar Zulkarnain bt Rodion Alimov 21-9, 21-12). – New Straits Times