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Malaysia’s Cheam June Wei defeated World No 13 Kenta Nishimoto in the 3-0 win over Japan in the semi-finals of the Asia Team Championships in Manila today. NSTP PIC

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia advanced to the men’s final of the Asia Team Championships when they upset favourites Japan 3-0 in Manila today.

Japan, who are without World No 1 Kento Momota, fell behind in the opening singles match when Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia defeated Kanta Tsuneyama 21-11, 8-21, 21-11 in 52 minutes.

In the second match (men’s doubles), Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik turned on a near perfect performance to beat Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi 21-18, 21-15 in only 35 minutes.

World No 71 Cheam June Wei maintained his fine performance in Manila when he upset World No 13 Kenta Nishimoto 21-19, 3-21, 21-12 in 54 minutes to seal Malaysia’s place in the final.

Malaysia will play Indonesia, who beat India 3-2, for the crown today.

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