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AARHUS: Malaysia’s young shuttlers swiftly disposed of Canada 5-0 in their opening Group D match to confirm their quarterfinal spot in the Thomas Cup at the Ceres Arena this morning.

Malaysia took to the court knowing a win over Canada would not only see them advance to the last eight, but would also be the perfect tonic ahead of their last Group D tie against Japan tomorrow.

And the boys did not disappoint as they turned on the style.

World No 8 and team captain Lee Zii Jia got the ball rolling by handing Malaysia the first point with a confidence-boosting win over Canada’s world No 39 Brian Yang in the first singles.

Credit must go to the 19-year-old Canadian for putting up a gutsy display against Zii Jia, who had to be on his toes to eke out a 21-18 win in the first game.

The second game saw the 23-year-old Zii Jia seal a 21-13 win after 38 minutes.

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