KUALA LUMPUR – Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost Hansen expressed his satisfaction with the outstanding performance of the national players in the Sudirman Cup, in Dongguan, China.
He said drawn together in Group 1D with three-time champions South Korea and India was difficult for the national team, but all the players tried hard to overcome the obstacles.
“We were drawn in a tough group and we have survived very nicely. The upset we did against South Korean was really outstanding while the game against India was so close as what we had predicted.
“We topped the group and we are in the quarter-finals. We are extremely pleased to achieve that.
“We will take it easy as the challenge becomes tougher and tougher. We will rest, relax and prepare for the next match. We just have to see what the draw will be,” he said.
On the Malaysian women players, Frost said he was satisfied with their performance although they did not contribute any point for the team after two matches.
“This is what we have and we played what we could. I think the women’s doubles fought very well and Tee Jing Yi also did very well in the first game against Saina (Nehwal).
“All credit to the girls as well. It was an uphill task but they did very well,” he added.
The Malaysian badminton squad topped Group 1D after winning 3-2 against both South Korea and India, to advance to the quarter-finals.
Mixed doubles Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying became the saviours for the Malaysian team twice as they managed to claim the winning point in both matches.