KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia look set to top Group B in the mixed team event at the World Junior Championships in Markham, Canada after scoring two easy wins on Monday.
In the opening tie against Sweden, club player, Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin, made full use of his opportunity to shine, when he delivered a point in the 5-0 drubbing.
The Malaysian Games runner-up, who is the only shuttler outside of the BA of Malaysia (BAM) setup, saw off Colin Hammarberg 21-17, 21-14 in the boys' singles match.
Others who took to court in the first tie were mixed doubles' Chia Wei Jie-Eoon Qi Xuan, boys' doubles Chua Yue Chern-Lwi Sheng Hao, girls' singles Goh Jin Wei and girls' doubles Pearly Tan-Toh Ee Wei.
In the second tie against host Canada, former world junior champion, Jin Wei switched roles to partner Yap Roy King in the mixed doubles.
The Malaysian duo, still walked away with a 21-17, 21-16 win over Stanley Feng-Crystal Lai.
However, it did not go according to plan in the girls' singles match, as Qi Xuan lost in three games 21-23, 21-17, 21-10 to Wendy Zhang.
The defeat did little to affect Malaysia's chances of topping the group, as the visitors still went on to win the tie 4-1, following wins by Wei Jie-Yue Chern (boys' doubles), Ng Yong Tze (boys' singles) and Pearly-Ee Wei.
Only the winners from eight groups will qualify for the next round.
Malaysia, are not expected to ease through their remaining ties against Poland and Ukraine.
For two years in a row since 2016, the Malaysian team have done well to reach the final only to lose to 13-time champions, China.
The last and only time Malaysia came out tops in the mixed team event was back in 2011 in Taiwan.