Anna Cheong and Teoh Mei Xing starred as Malaysia came back to beat Japan 3-2 in the Badminton Asia Team Championships ©Badminton Asia

Malaysia got off to a poor start at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Shah Alam as singles ace Kisona Selvaduray went down 21-12, 21-16 to Natsuri Nidaira of Japan, but came back to triumph in their latest Group Y women’s match. 

After Nidaira's win Riko Gunji then defeated Eoon Qi Xuan 21-17, 21-7 to give Japan a 2-0 lead.

However, Siti Nurshuhaini Azman fought back for Malaysia with a spirited performance to beat Hina Akechi 21-16, 22-20.

Pearly Tan and Valeree Siow then secured a thrilling 24-22, 21-18 victory over Rui Hirokami and Yuna Kato to level the tie at 2-2 before Anna Cheong and Teoh Mei Xing defeated Hina Akechi and Riko Gunji 21-12, 21-5 to secure Malaysia a stunning 3-2 win over the reigning champions.

Malaysia's women are now in a position to qualify for the semi-finals if they beat India tomorrow.

In the women’s Group Z, Indonesia beat Hong Kong 4-1 while South Korea thrashed Kazakhstan 5-0.

South Korea will face Hong Kong in a women’s Group Z fixture tomorrow while Indonesia are pitted against Kazakhstan.

In the women’s Group Y, India will begin their campaign against Malaysia.

In the men's draw the Indian team suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat against South Korea in their Group A tie.

World number 13 Lakshya Sen went down 21-11, 21-19 to Jeon Hyeok Jin in 42 minutes.

The doubles pair of P.S Ravikrishna and Sankar Prasad Udaykumar could not help the World Championship bronze medallists as they too slumped to a 21-8, 21-10 defeat against Hwi Tae Kim and Kim Jaehwan.

It took only 42 minutes for Joo Wan Kim to get the better of Kiran George 21-18, 21-14 as South Korea got an unassailable 3-0 lead.

The second doubles game featuring Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam did not go in their favour as they lost 21-7, 21-15 to Yong Jin and Na Sung Seung.

The final match was possibly the best for India as Mithun Manjunath put up a brave show.

But it was not enough as Min Sun Jeong sealed the whitewash with a 21-16, 25-27, 21-14 victory.

In the men’s Group A, Indonesia beat Hong Kong 4-1.

Malaysia's men will be up against Singapore while Japan take on Kazakhstan in Group B tomorrow.