The United States fell to fifth-seeded Malaysia 1-2 in the first round of the World Junior Men’s Team Championships 1-12 playoffs at the Wanderers Club in Windhoek, Namibia. The U.S. Team had previously lost to Egypt 2-1, finishing second in Group A Sunday.
Timothy Brownell, No. 3 on the U.S. ladder, was the standout win from the Malaysian match defeating Darren Chan Ti Luun in three decisive games. Derek Hsue, No. 1 in the ladder for the U.S. and who had been rested for the Egypt match, battled against Malaysia’s Mohammad Syafiq Kamal, pushing the No. 220 on the PSA Tour, to four games, but was unable to capture a win. Fellow teammate, Mason Ripka, lost in three games to his opponent, Eain Yow Ng.
The Malaysian Team is now set to compete against England in the quarterfinals Tuesday, while the U.S. will continue to compete for 9-12 places against Colombia Wednesday.
Group A:  United States vs.  Malaysia
Mohammad Syfiq Kamal (MAS) bt. Derek Hsue 11-9, 4-11, 7-11, 8-11 (42m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt. Mason Ripka 9-11, 3-11, 4-11 (35m)
Timothy Brownell (USA) bt. Darren Chan Ti Luun 11-8, 11-3, 11-9 (39m)
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