Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi revived their hopes of reaching the World Tour Finals semi-finals after bouncing back with a much needed victory, but it was the same story as Wednesday for the rest of the Malaysian contingent.
Having lost to Japan’s Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi in their first game, the Malaysians returned fired-up against South Korea’s Choi Sol-gyu-Kim Won-ho to earn a 23-21, 21-17 victory.
Ong-Teo now face a must-win clash against Indonesia’s Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto on Friday, while hoping for Hoki-Kobayashi to also beat Choi-Kim.
In the mixed doubles, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing couldn’t emulate Wednesday’s performance and suffered a tame 9-21, 11-21 loss against Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerratanachai.
That heavy loss means they must comprehensively beat another Thai pair in Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran on Friday and hope that Dechapol-Sapsiree defeat Wang Yi Lyu-Huang Dong Ping.
In other matches, the Malaysians chances of making it to the knockout rounds are slim after all of them suffered a second consecutive loss.
Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien were picked apart 9-21, 12-21 by Benyapa-Nuntakarn Aimsaard, leaving them bottom of Group A with a massive points deficit.
It was the same for French Open champions Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah, who were humbled 13-21, 15-21 by world champions Chen Qing Chen-Jia Yi Fan.
Tan-Thinaah who had lost to Apriyani Rahayu-Siti Fadia on Wednesday, are also bottom of Group B ahead of their match against Zhang Shu Xian-Zheng Yu on Friday.
Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue, meanwhile, also put a massive dent in Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai’s chances in the mixed doubles with a 16-21, 21-18, 21-17 victory to doom the Malaysian mixed pair bottom of their group.
Goh-Lai had suffered an earlier setback against Indonesia’s Rinov Rivaldy-Pitha Haning on Wednesday.
In the final group match, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik gave it their all but it was still not enough as they were ousted by Australian Open champions Liu Yu Chen-Ou Xuan Yi 23-21, 22-24, 21-16.
That defeat ultimately ruled them out of the semi-finals, with the matchup against Danish pair Kim Astrup-Anders Rasmussen on Friday merely a formality.