But a place in the last eight of the Thomas Cup Finals remains in doubt despite the 4-1 victory. The winning third point came from Chong Wei Feng's 21-13, 21-6 defeat of P. Kashyap.Captain Liew Daren again proved to be Malaysia’s weak point. Playing in the last match of Sunday’s match, he lost 21-18, 13-21, 19-21 to R.M.V. Gurusaidutt in the dead third singles.
The scratch second doubles pair Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem also looked shaky by dropping a game, but recovered to score a 21-17, 14-21, 21-14 win over Akshay Dewalkar-Pranaav Jerry Chopra for Malaysia’s fourth point.
World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei overcame K. Srikanth 21-19, 21-12 for the first point and scratch pair Tan Boon Heong-Hoo Thien How extended the lead with a 21-14, 21-11 win over Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri.
Malaysia’s Thomas Cup project leader Rashid Sidek admitted the Germans have the potential to wreck their hopes of topping Group C.
“Germany are looking very good and we cannot under-estimate them tomorrow. We can win the first singles (through Chong Wei), but it will be a tough fight in the second and third singles.
“We cannot afford to lose both the doubles matches. We anticipate Germany will give us a good fight. Having stretched the Koreans today, the Germans will definitely be more confident now.
“We will decide on our line-up early tomorrow morning.
“It’s a tie we have to win as we have a difficult test against South Korea on Wednesday,” said Rashid.