Malaysia were no match for Uber Cup hosts Denmark in their opening Group D match of the rescheduled tournament that got underway on Saturday.
Denmark took the lead through Mia Blichfeldt who only needed 34-minutes to beat S. Kisona 21-11, 21-7 in the first women's singles.
Kisona was unwittingly thrust under the spotlight due to the racial slur that was aimed at her at the Sudirman Cup.
Coming into this Uber Cup, she was clearly still full of emotions and broke down in tears in a recent exclusive interview with Astro Arena when talking about the incident.
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On court, she struggled to contain a dominant Blichfeldt, despite starting well enough to take a 7-2 lead in the first game.
The fast-rising Dane was totally in control once she found a rhythm, and Kisona struggled to keep the pace as Blichfeldt found winners all over the court.
Denmark doubled their lead through Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen, who needed 69 minutes to overcome Lee Meng Yean-M.Thinaah 21-19, 21-10, 21-13.
Thinaah was teaming up with Lee due to injury to regular partner Pearly Tan.
The Malaysians however gave a good account of themselves despite playing together for the first time to force the tie into deuce after winning the second game.
In the third match, Eoon Qi Xuan was not given much of a chance against Line Christophersen, who was ranked 100 places above her, but the world number 123 stunned her much fancied opponent 18-21, 21-18, 21-15 in a 62-minute battle.
Eoon was a tough customer for Christophersen throughout the match, pulling off a gritty second game victory before proving she had much more in the tank in the decider against her tiring opponent.
But the tournament hosts sealed the win through women’s doubles pair Amalie Magelund-Freja Ravn, who beat Teoh Mei Xing-Yap Ling 21-13, 21-19 in 41 minutes.
Line Kjaersfeldt completed Denmark’s 4-1 triumph in the third women’s singles with a 21-18, 21-14 win over youngster K.Letshanaa.
Malaysia next face China on Sunday and finish their group match against Canada on Monday.