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Malaysia, Thailand Qualify For Semifinals Of Istaf Super Series

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MELAKA – Malaysia and Thailand qualified for the semifinals of the men’s Istaf Super Series Malaysia 2015 Sepak Takraw Tournament when they emerged as champions in their respective group at the Melaka International Trade Centre, here today.

The final match of Group B saw Malaysia easily beating Indonesia 2-0 (21-14 and 21-12), thus placing Malaysia at the top of the group followed by Singapore.

Thailand, meanwhile, did not have much problem in overcoming South Korea 2-0 (21-11, 21-11) in the final match of Group A today which placed Thailand as the group champion while South Korea was in second place.

In the semifinals tomorrow, Malaysia will face off South Korea, which had beaten the national squad several times with the latest at the group stage of the 17th Asian Games, last year.

Commenting on the match tomorrow, Malaysian coach Abd Talib Ahmad said he would think of the best strategy especially for the ‘killer’ position.

“We have two very good strikers (killers), namely Khairol (Khairol Zaman Hamir) who showed a good performance in earlier matches while Hanafiah Dollah demonstrated good partnership with the tekong (Mohd Shahir Mohd Rosdi), I will look into who will be fielded,” Abd Talib told reporters.

In the women’s category today, defending champions Thailand suffered a shocking defeat to Myanmar 1-2 (21-17, 17-21 and 14-21), thus placing Myanmar on top of Group B with Thailand in second spot.

Malaysia, unfortunately, lost to Vietnam 1-2 (12-21, 23-21 and 12-21) in Group A, thus failing to advance to the semifinals.

In the semifinals for the women’s category tomorrow, Myanmar will face Vietnam, while South Korea will face Thailand.

RESULTS :
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MEN

Group A :
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Thailand beat Myanmar 2-0 (21-7, 21-18)
Thailand beat South Korea 2-0 (21-11, 21-11)
Myanmar beat Japan 2-1 (21-14, 17-21, 21-8)

Group B :
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Malaysia beat Singapore 2-0 (21-13, 21-16)
Indonesia beat China 2-0 (21-15, 21-10)
Malaysia beat Indonesia 2-0 (21-14, 21-12)

WOMEN

Group A :
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South Korea beat Vietnam 2-0 (21-18, 21-17)
Vietnam beat Malaysia 2-1 (21-12, 21-23, 21-12)

Group B :
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Myanmar beat Thailand 2-1 (17-21, 21-17, 21-14)

CHART:
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MEN:

Group A:
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. P W L POINTS
Thailand 3 3 0 6
South Selatan 3 2 1 4
Myanmar 3 1 2 2
Japan 3 0 3 0

Group B:
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. P W L POINTS
Malaysia 3 3 0 6
Singapore 3 2 1 4
Indonesia 3 1 2 2
China 3 0 3 0

WOMEN:

Group A:
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. P W L POINTS
South Korea 2 2 0 4
Vietnam 2 1 1 2
Malaysia 2 0 2 0

Group B:
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. P W L POINTS
Myanmar 2 1 0 4
Thailand 2 1 1 2
Japan 2 0 2 0

(NOTE: Top two teams in each group qualify to the semifinals).

– BERNAMA

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