PETALING JAYA, May 16 — World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei said Malaysia has a bright chance of creating history in the Sudirman Cup.
The tournament is in the Gold Coast, Australia, from May 21 to 28.
As leader Chong Wei said even without Goh Liu Ying, who is injured, a hard-fighting team could make the final.
“Our chances are good even without Liu Ying,” said an opitimistic Chong Wei.
“We have a line-up of senior players who have played at the Sudirman Cup before.
“We have Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong (men’s doubles), and Chan Peng Soon (mixed doubles) who will partner Cheah Yee See in Liu Ying's absence.
“Our best result in the Sudirman Cup was reaching the semifinals (2009). However, we can get better results if we work together,” he said yesterday, after signing on for another two years as 100Plus brand ambassador.
Chong Wei will leave for the Sudirman Cup tomorrow, along with other 100Plus ambassadors ― V Shem, Wee Kiong, Peng Soon and Goh Jin Wei.
The national squad will play Germany on May 23 and then Japan (May 24) in Group 1C. The top two teams will march into the last eight.
Two years ago, Malaysia lost 3-1 to South Korea in the quarterfinals.