What wretched luck.
Malaysia have been drawn to meet South Korea – again – in the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup.
The draw was conducted on Wednesday, after the completion of the group matches.
Malaysia had defeated South Korea 3-2 in their opening Group D match. Malaysia went on to beat India 3-2 to top the group. The Koreans advanced after beating India 4-1 in the final group match on Wednesday.
If Malaysia, led by former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, get past South Korea on Thursday, they will face either Japan or Denmark next.
Nine-time champions and red-hot favourites China have been handed the easiest possible draw – meeting Germany in the last eight.
China had blanked Germany 5-0 in the preliminary stages.
Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost managed to put a wry smile despite the tough draw.
“We had a 25% chance of facing South Korea in the quarter-finals ... and we got them again,” said Frost.
“It’s definitely tough. We could have drawn Germany ... the Koreans are the toughest opponents that we could’ve picked.
“We’ve beaten them once ... we can do it again. The players are high on confidence after the group stages and they’ll put up a fight.
“We’ll need Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong to rise to the occasion again in the men’s doubles.”
World No. 29 V Shem-Wee Kiong were instrumental in Malaysia’s first-ever win over the Koreans last Sunday, playing at a high level to beat world No. 1 Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong.
Besides the men’s doubles, the mixed pair of Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will also need to repeat their heroics against the Koreans.
Team captain Chong Wei believes his team will be ready for the South Koreans.
“We’ve been preparing to take on anyone the past two days ... and we’re confident,” said Chong Wei, who is expected to meet world No. 5 Son Wan-ho.
“The team have been playing beyond expectations and even beat the in-form Korean team for the first time. We’ll go out there and do our best.”