The Malaysian badminton team narrowly defeated the defending champion Thailand 3-2 in the semi-finals of the Cambodian SEA Games men's team and entered the final again.
The men's singles Leong Junhao of the Malaysian National Badminton Team, the men's doubles Beh Chun Meng and Goh Boon Zhe and other men's singles won the victory, helping Malaysia advance to the men's team finals for the 4th consecutive SEA Games.
World No. 64 Leong Junhao defeated Thailand's No. 34 Sidi Gong 21-13, 18-21, 21-10 in the first men's singles match, boosting Malaysia's morale.
Beh Chun Meng and Goh Boon Zhe, who were runners-up in both the Malaysia International Series and the Malaysia International Challenge last year, are currently ranked 76th in the world. In the second men's doubles match, they won 21-16, 14-21, 21-15 The 79th-ranked Thai duo Pakkapon and Perachai led the Malaysian team 2-0.
However, in the third men's singles match, KenYon Ong, who was ranked 104 in the world, lost 17-21, 15-21 to Panitchaphon, who was ranked 134 in the world in the men's singles of Thailand; Chia Wei Jie and Liew Xun also lost to Thailand's provisional team Ruttanapak and Nanthakarn in the fourth game 16-21, 14-21. The defending champion chased the big score to a 2-2 tie.
In the last life-and-death battle, Kok Jing Hong, ranked 151 in the world, withstood the pressure and defeated Thailand's men's singles Shalan, ranked 435 in the world, 21-12, 21-13. Revenge for Thailand's runner-up.
In other men's team semi-final, Indonesia defeated Singapore led by former men's singles world champion Loh Kean Yew 3-1. Among them, last year's Malaysian Masters champion Chico defeated Loh Kean Yew in the first men's singles 10-21, 21-7, 24-22, making Indonesia's breakthrough into the final.
Malaysia will compete with Indonesia in the men's team final on Thursday, aiming to win the gold medal for the first time since 2005.
In the semi-finals of the women's team, defending champion Thailand beats Singapore 3-1, and Indonesia beats the Philippines 3-0, joining hands to advance to the final to repeat last year's SEA Games in Hanoi.