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SEA Games: Malaysians Roll Into Badminton Team Semis

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August 8, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Powerhouse Malaysia crushed the Philipp= ines 5 matches to none today in the preliminary round of the badminton men's team competition at the 20th South East Asian Games now underway in Brunei to mov= e into the semifinals and a probable title showdown with top-seeds Indonesia. Joining the Malaysians in the men's team semifinals are the Indonesians who had a bye in the preliminary round of the 7-nation contest, the Thais who whitewashed Vietnam today, and the Singaporeans who notched a 3-1 victory ov= er host country Brunei.

Rashid Sidek led off for the Malaysians today with a 15-5 and 15-1 whippi= ng of Melvin Llanes. Mohd. Roslin Hashim then beat Ian Gil Piencenaves 15-4 and 15-2, and Jason Wong scored the clincher with his 15-5 and 15-9 defeat of Amahit Arolas Junior.

Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah defeated Llanes and Piencenaves 15-5 and = 15-4 in the first doubles. Wong Choon Hann and Chew Choon Eng then mopped up for the Malaysians with their 15-3 and 15-4 drubbing of Jaime Llanes and Arolas.=

Indonesia will face Singapore in one of tomorrow's semifinals, and Malays= ia will do battle with Thailand.

In the women's team competition, there are only four nations entered. The top-seeded Indonesians will meet Vietnam, and Thailand will play Malaysia in semifinal action tomorrow.

Following are the other results of today's men's team contests (names of players from winning team first):

Thailand versus Vietnam
Thailand wins 5-0 (B. Polsana beat Ahn Hoang 15-5, 15-3; Anup. Teeraratsakul beat Van Loi 15-2, 15-6; P. Sudket beat Nguyen Phu Cong 15-13, 15-6; P. Teerawiwatana and T. Panvisvas beat Ahn Hoang and Van Loi 15-3, 15-7; K. Sudhisodhi and K. Kitikul beat Nguyen Phu Cong and Duc Sang 15-2, 15-4)

Singapore versus Brunei
Singapore wins 3-1 (P. Kim Pong Lau beat Mohammad 15-6, 15-3; Kendric Yen Hu= i lost to Arman Kambar 15-13, 10-15, 9-15; Noor Izwan beat Ak Noor Rumaizi 15-= 8, 15-2; Jack Hee Lik Kai and Yeow Nam beat Mohd. Fahdli and Zailani Yuin 15-7, 17-14; P. Kim Pong Lau and Noor Izwan versus Ermadena and Michael - results not available)


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