MALAYSIA have yet to play a single match but the women’s badminton squad have already secured at least a bronze at Philippines Sea Games.
This is because Cambodia, who they were supposed to play in the women’s team quarter-finals today, have withdrawn from the knockout competition.
Cambodia’s withdrawal means that Malaysia move straight into the semi-finals where they will face defending champions Thailand at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex on Monday.
Thailand received a bye in the quarterfinals.
It is not known why Cambodia have pulled out.
Despite securing a medal, national women’s singles coach Tey Seu Bock said they would have preferred to play in the quarter-finals “to get a feel of the venue and a chance to get used to the courts here”.
“Some of our players just arrived and were not able to join our training session this morning (yesterday).
“It will be tough against Thailand as they are favourites in the women’s event.
“We hoping both our doubles and one of our singles players can deliver the points for us against Thailand. Nothing is impossible, we will do our best,” said Seu Bock.
Thailand, who will be led by World No 5 Ratchanok Intanon in Manila, defeated Malaysia in the gold-medal decider at the 2017 KL Games.
The Malaysain men’s team will open their campaign against hosts Philippines today.