Malaysia comfortably got off the mark in their Commonwealth Games badminton mixed team campaign, thrashing Zambia 5-0 in their opening Group 4 match on Friday.
The national contingent, who won the event from 2006 to 2014, are aiming to reclaim gold from India, who beat them in the final of the 2018 edition.
They kicked off their campaign by taking the lead after Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing easily overcame Kalombo Mulenga-Ogar Siamupangila 21-6, 21-3 in the mixed doubles.
The victory should do the Korea Open champions a world of good in the aftermath of several early exits at recent tournaments.
Ng Tze Yong, leading the country’s charge in the men’s singles in Lee Zii Jia’s absence, doubled that lead with a 21-9, 21-8 win over Chongo Mulenga.
Goh Jin Wei was next up in the women’s singles, and as expected she delivered with a 21-2, 21-2 win over Elizabeth Chipeleme.
Top men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik were also fielded as they recorded a 21-13, 21-9 victory over Chongo-Kalombo Mulenga.
Chia-Soh, like several other men’s doubles pairs, faced criticism recently for not being able to convert wins when it mattered, such as semi-finals of big events.
Getting to the podium with a Commonwealth Games medal would go some way to silencing the noise.
Women’s doubles pair Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah duly completed the whitewash with a 21-3, 21-5 win over Chipeleme-Siamupangila.
The team next face Jamaica in the wee hours of Saturday morning (local time).