Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia celebrates after beating Taiwan’s Hsu Jen Hao in the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Alor Star yesterday. BERNAMA pic

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ALOR STAR: The Malaysian men's badminton team will face Hong Kong next, after hammering Taiwan 5-0, to reach the quarter-finals of the Badminton Asia Team Championship here yesterday.

The point delivered by second men's doubles Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, not only sealed victory for Malaysia, but also ended Taiwan's run in the competition.

According to Yew Sin, the one thing on his mind before facing Taiwan was to help Malaysia reach the knockout stage.

"I didn't think too much before taking to court, I just wanted to do my best," said Yew Sin, who with Ee Yi, notched a 21-14, 20-22, 21-14 win over Lu Ching Yao-Yang Po Han.

Ee Yi, on the other hand, expressed his regret at not finishing off their opponents in straight games, but was relieved to deliver the winning point.

"We are now ready for the quarter-finals," added Ee Yi.

Former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei opened the flood gates when he saw off Wang Tzu Wei 17-21, 21-13, 21-15 in the first match.

Rio Olympic Games silver medallists Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong made it 2-0 when they beat Lee Jhe Huei-Lee Yang 21-14, 19-21, 21-16.

Second singles Lee Zii Jia then made it 3-0 with a superb 21-16, 21-13 win over Hsu Jen Hao, before Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, completed the rout with a 21-19, 21-15 win over Lin Yu Hsien.

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