Bloodied Malaysia exits Sudirman Cup after freak injury

Malaysian badminton player Teo Ee Yi was bloodied and shaken after his doubles partner accidentally smashed him in the face with his shin during their Sudirman Cup quarterfinal defeat to Japan on Friday.

Malaysia's Teo Ee Yi lies injured during the match against Japan's Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in the men's doubles quarterfinal match at the 2019 Sudirman Cup world badminton championships in Nanning on Friday.   -  AFP

Malaysian badminton player Teo Ee Yi was bloodied and shaken after his doubles partner accidentally smashed him in the face with his shin during their Sudirman Cup quarterfinal defeat to Japan on Friday.

The 26-year-old lay prone on the court floor for nearly 10 minutes with a gashed chin, blood pouring down his neck, with the men's doubles clash against top seeds Japan locked at 19-19 in the deciding game.

Teo suffered the injury after he and playing partner Ong Yew Sin both dived in an attempt to retrieve the same shot, and Ong's trailing left leg caught Teo in the face.

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Although, when Teo eventually climbed off the floor to continue with a large bandage on his chin, the Malaysian duo appeared to have lost their edge.

They saved a second match point against Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda, but could not ultimately prevent going down to a dramatic defeat spread over 95 thrilling minutes.

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Teo afterwards refused to blame the attritional three-game loss on the injury, but said: “It's quite a big cut and I think it's going to need stitches.”

The painful defeat put Japan 1-0 up in the tie in the Chinese city of Nanning

Men's World No. 1 Kento Momota and Nozomi Okuhara triumphed in their singles matches to give Japan -- which has never won the Sudirman Cup — an unassailable 3-0 lead and seal a semifinals meeting with Indonesia.

Indonesia booked its place in the last four with a narrow 3-2 win over Taiwan.

Saturday's other semifinal is between the host China, which is the hot favourite to win the mixed-team world championship for an 11th time, and Thailand.

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