Published: Thursday September 6, 2012 MYT 9:10:00 AM
Paralympics: M'sian paddlers beat Brazil to move into quarters
LONDON: Malaysia crossed their first hurdle in the London Paralympics men's table tennis team competition by beating Brazil 3-1 in their first round match at the Excel North Arena here Wednesday.
The win ensured Malaysia a spot in the quarterfinals and set up a date with Ukraine Thursday.
After a flying start, Malaysia were in for a surprise when the Brazilians levelled the tie at 1-1, but two points in quick succession ensured a positive start when men's team table tennis competition got underway here Wednesday.
In the first singles, Koh Zhi Liang beat Paulo Salmin 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 but Brazil came back to level the tie when Carlos Carbinatt edged Mohamad Azwar Bakar 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 0-11, 11-9 in a five-set thriller.
Mohamad Azwar however, made amends for his earlier defeat by beating Salmin 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 in straight sets to give Malaysia a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth match, Koh, who had contributed Malaysia's first point, clinched the winning point after a five-set thriller against Carbinatt to avenge Mohamad Azwar's defeat at the hands of the Brazilian.
Koh triumphed 11-6, 13-15, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 to ensure Malaysia moved on to the next stage. - Bernama