The most celebrated women’s team badminton competition returns May 8–15, 2022. The 2022 Uber Cup now into its 29th edition will kick off in Bangkok, Thailand where the top 16 nations will compete in the biennial event. Defending champions China will hope to exude their dominance having won a staggering 15 times – nine clear of the next most successful team in the shape of Japan.
The 2020 Uber Cup only took place in Denmark between October 9 and October 17, 2021 – a lengthy postponement caused by the pandemic. Grouped with China, Denmark and Canada, Malaysia were eliminated in the group stage having placed last.
Despite their valiant efforts, the aftermath was a cauldron of virulence where racial slur rained down upon Malaysia’s top women’s singles player S. Kisona from the gob of an uncouth politician. A universal condemnation was justly served as racism has no place in society.
Everything about Malaysia’s participation in the 2022 Uber Cup:
Malaysia qualified for the 2022 Uber Cup by storming into the semi-finals of this year’s Badminton Asia Team Championships. The Malaysian women toppled favourites Japan and India in style, thus topping their group and earning their golden ticket to the 2022 Uber Cup.
To prepare for the upcoming competition, BAM has organised a centralised training camp. 12 women have been enlisted, including S. Kisona and fan favourites Pearly Tan and M. Thinaah. Only a maximum of 12 names will be selected for the final squad, which must be submitted to the world governing body by April 22.
Malaysia are drawn into Group C with Thailand and once more Denmark, as well as Egypt. Only the top two will advance to quarter-finals.
Although Malaysia haven’t achieved any notable result in the history of Uber Cup, the nation have partaken 13 times in total, excluding this year’s appearance.
The final squad to spearhead Malaysia’s tilt at the 2022 Uber Cup
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Women’s Uber Cup team comprised of a youthful squad; Kisona, Jin Wei, Qi Xuan, Pearly, Thinaah alongside seven debutants, Myisha Khairul, Tan Zhing Yi, Anna Cheong, Mei Xing, Yeen Yuan, Valeree and 17-year-old Chan Wen Tse.#TUC22#DemiMalaysia pic.twitter.com/KoaTFEIpyA
— BAM (@BA_Malaysia) April 20, 2022
Malaysia’s schedule in the 2022 Uber Cup group stage
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📅 8-11 May
🏟 IMPACT Arena, Bangkok
📺 Court 1️⃣ & 2️⃣: Astro 802 & 815
— BAM (@BA_Malaysia) May 7, 2022
May 8 (group stage – Malaysia vs Denmark)
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— BAM (@BA_Malaysia) May 8, 2022
Mia Blichfeldt defeated S Kisona 21-14, 21-15; Pearly Tan-M Thinaah defeated Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen 21-19, 21-19; Goh Jin Wei defeated Line Christophersen 21-12, 11-21, 21-5; Alexandra Bøje-Amalie Magelund defeated Anna Cheong-Teoh Mei Xing 21-14, 21-10; Line Højmark Kjaersfeldt defeated Myisha Mohd Khairul 21-12, 21-9.
Malaysia lost 2-3 to Denmark in the Group C opener.
May 9 (group stage – Malaysia vs Thailand)
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— BAM (@BA_Malaysia) May 9, 2022
Ratchanok Intanon defeated Goh Jin Wei 14-21, 21-14, 21-15; Pearly Tan-M Thinaah defeated Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai 16-21, 21-19, 21-17; Pornpawee Chochuwong defeated Myisha Mohd Khairul 22-20, 21-10; Benyapa Aimsaard-Nuntakarn Aimsaard defeated Valeree Siow-Teoh Mei Xing 21-9, 21-14; Busanan Ongbamrungphan defeated Tan Zhing Yi 21-19, 21-6.
Thailand defeated Malaysia 4-1 in the second Group C encounter.
May 10 (group stage – Malaysia vs Egypt)
— BAM (@BA_Malaysia) May 10, 2022
Myisha Khairul defeated Doha Hany 21-5, 21-19; Tan Zhing Yi defeated Nour Ahmed Youssri 21-12, 21-14; Chan Wen Tse defeated Hana Tarek Zaher 21-16, 21-16; Low Yeen Yuan-Valeree Siow defeated Jana Ashraf-Jana Abdelkader 21-6, 21-10; Anna Cheong-Teoh Mei Xing defeated Nour Ahmed Youssri-Hana Tarek Zaher 21-5, 21-4.
Malaysia won 5-0 in their final group matches against Egypt, finishing third in Group C, therefore have been eliminated.
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