In the Thomas Cup, Malaysia began their campaign in Group C with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over South Africa, thus giving them and Denmark tickets to the second round.
South Africa had also lost by the same margin to the Danes on Sunday. Also through to the final eight in Wuhan, China are Germany and South Korea from Group D.
In the Uber Cup competition, Germany and South Korea (Group C) and Germany and Japan (Group D) also qualified for the quarter-finals.
For Malaysia, the match was a good test for their world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, who is finding his way back to full fitness after suffering a shoulder injury in the All England final two months ago.
On Monday, he wasn’t troubled against Jacob Malieka, winning 21-13, 21-10 in only half an hour.
His first real test will come on Tuesday when Malaysia face Denmark to decide the group winners. Although both teams have already qualified for the quarters, winning the group should give the victors a brighter chance of reaching the semi-finals.
The Danes, with veteran Peter Gade (above), playing in his final Thomas Cup, will start as favourite as Jan O Jorgensen, Viktor Axelsen, Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, Jonas Rasmussen-Mads Conrad-Petersen look too strong for them.
The Danes, who retained their European team title recently, are seeking to become the first European team to win the Thomas Cup.
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