Hendrawan gives his shoes to Jamaican shuttler as Malaysia win 5-0 at Commonwealths

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia powered into the badminton mixed team quarter-finals at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games after chalking up another easy 5-0 win over Jamaica in Group D on Friday.

Malaysia retained a similar line-up that thrashed Zambia 5-0 except for Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See who replaced Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing in the mixed doubles.

Peng Soon-Yee See drew the first blood by beating Joel Angus-Katherine Winter 21-5, 21-12 before men's singles shuttler Ng Tze Yong doubled the advantage with a 21-12, 21-16 win against Samuel Ricketts.

There was a light moment during the men's singles match when national singles coach Hendrawan gave his shoes to the Jamaican player after his pair was damaged.

The Jamaican badminton team are on a tight budget, and Ricketts continued to use Hendrawan's shoes for his men's doubles match.

Goh Jin Wei then outplayed Tahlia Richardson 21-2, 21-5 in the women's singles for a 3-0 unassailable lead.

Tokyo Olympic bronze medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik defeated Ricketts-Joel Angus 21-7, 21-11 before Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah made it 5-0 by storming past Tahlia Richardson-Katherine Wynter 21-8, 21-2.

Malaysia should beat South Africa in their final group fixture today and finish as group champions.

A fresh draw will be conducted after the completion of the group stage. As the second seeds, Malaysia will not face top seeds India before the final.

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