Group 1C: Three top 10s seal the deal for Malaysia
Current men's singles world #1 Lee Chong Wei and recent men's doubles world #1 Goh V Shem / Tan Wee Kiong, both Rio Olympic silver medallists, provided the star power of the afternoon session. Germany, however, weren't able to recapture the adrenalin they found against Japan two days prior.
Malaysia's three world top 10 disciplines in succession delivered the business end of the tie. Lai Pei Jing / Tan Kian Meng were tested sporadically by Isabel Herttrich / Mark Lamsfuss before nailing down mixed doubles 21-17, 21-13, with less unforced errors.
Fabian Roth had the impossible task of taking on Lee in men's singles. The German increasingly managed to extend the rallies until Lee finished off the points, more than a couple of times with a signature dazzling cross court smash which only those who've played him can truly appreciate the artistry of.
Under the guidance of former world #11 Ingo Kindervater, Jones Ralfy Jansen / Josche Zurwonne of Germany kept the scores neck to neck up to three quarters of both the first game and led 19-all in the second game. Goh/Tan were happy to depend on natural reflexes to see how far it can take them on their first time playing in a new space.
Group 2A: Canada couldn't on Tuesday
None of Canada's majority new line up today could stop Vietnam from taking all five matches in straight games.
After his previous quietly admirable outings against New Zealand, it was no surprise Do Tuan Doc steered the ship to safe harbours in mixed and men's doubles against Canada too. Once more, it was Do's men's partner Pham Hong Nam who benefited the most from his calm composure and guidance. Today they chalked up their first victory of the tournament, 21-13, 21-18.
Nguyen Tien Minh won the men's singles, 21-19, 21-11, but Jason Anthony Ho-Shue made the process difficult. The former top 10 player praised the young Canadian's preparation and early attacking initiative to reporters. Ho-Shue had performed well above his current highest world ranking of #187 to lead at first interval and for most of that game until a little inexperience crept in and stop short of a full reward for his efforts.