Kisona Selvaduray, Thinaah Muralitharan and the rest of the members of the national women’s badminton team clinched the third place at the Asian Team Championships in Manila.

The Malaysian women lost to Japan in the semi finals.

Kisona was attempted to rescue the tie at second singles of the team event, but she was overwhelmed by World No 11 Sayaka Takahashi, who sealed Japan’s passage into the final with a 21-13, 21-13 win.

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Thinaah Muralitharan and her partner Pearly Tan did well too. In the third place match, the duo beat Cheng Chi Ya and Liu Chiao Yun from Chinese Taipei 18-21, 21-17, 21-18.

Team manager Wong Choong Hann was also feeling upbeat with the women’s team and believes that there is room for improvement.

“We just couldn’t keep up with Japan but the players still fought hard in every rally,” said Choong Hann. “What we need now is to improve the players individually while also adding depth to the squad at the same time.”

Kisona shared pictures of the prize giving ceremony on Instagram earlier today.

 

Japan won the women’s team event while Indonesia came in second.

The Malaysian women have managed to qualify for the Uber Cup on merit by reaching the last four.