Axiata Cup: Malaysia draw 2-2 with Thailand

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia made an uninspiring outing in the second group match when they drew 2-2 with Thailand at the 2013 Axiata Cup Tournament held at the DBL Arena Badminton Stadium, Surabaya, Indonesia, yesterday. 
 
National men's first double pair of Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong defeated Thai doubles  Boonsak Ponsana/ Songphon Anugritayawon in straight sets, 21-13, 21-14. 
 
National mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soong /Goh Liu Ying also beat the Thai pair of Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam in three sets, 22-24, 21-14 and 21-14. 
 
National men's singled, Liew Darren however went down to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in 16-21, 17-21. 
In the women's singled, Tee Jing Yi also lost to Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon 17-22, 20-22. 
 
Malaysia meets Indonesia today. 
 
The preliminary rounds will be held in Surabaya from March 21-24 followed by Kuala Lumpur (March 29-31).  
 
The four top teams in the round robin championsjip will qualify for the semi-finals to be held in Kuala Lumpur on April 13 and 14. 
 
Apart from Malaysia, Indonesia, Asia Selection and European Selection, the tournament also sees the participation of Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. 
 
The Axiata Cup champion will bring home USDS$400,000 (RM1.24 million), while the runner-up will receive USD$200,000 (RM620,000).  
 
The third and fourth placing teams will win USD$150,000 (RM465,000) and USDS$100,000 (RM310,000) respectively. -- BERNAMA

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