The Malaysia Open 2023 was held at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from January 10 to January 15. This badminton tournament featured some of the best players in the world competing against each other and was upgraded from a BWF Super 750 to a BWF Super 1000 tournament. The Malaysia Open 2023 also kickstarted the BWF World Tour, which will culminate with the World Tour Finals in December.
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In the 66th edition of the Malaysia Open, a total of 64 players participated in the singles matches, while 86 pairs participated in doubles matches. Some of the top-seeded players competing this year include Viktor Axelsen, Carolina Marin, PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, HS Prannoy and Tai Tzu Ying.
Malaysia Open 2023: Asian players to watch out for
At the Malaysia Open 2023, Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew will be competing in men’s singles, Jin Yujia/Crystal Wong in women’s doubles and Terry Hee/Jessica Tan in the mixed doubles.
Test court di Malaysia Open 2023 ✅ pic.twitter.com/3poVNERWz6
— Loh Kean Yew (@reallohkeanyew) January 9, 2023
Take a look at the prominent Asian players participating in the tournament.
Men’s singles: Lee Zii Jia, Liew Darren, Ng Tze Yong
Women’s singles: Goh Jin Wei
Men’s doubles: Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik and Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi
Women’s doubles: Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muralitharan, Go Pei Kee/Teoh Mei Xing
Mixed doubles: Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai, Hoo Pang Ron/Teoh Mei Xing, and Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei
Men’s singles: Kunlavut Vitidsarn, Kantaphon Wangcharoen
Women’s singles: Busanan Ongbamrungphan, Pornpawee Chochuwong
Women’s doubles: Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai, Benyapa Aimsaard/Nuntakarn Aimsaard, and Puttita Supajirakul/Supissara Paewsampran
Mixed doubles: Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai
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Men’s singles: Lee Cheuk Yiu, Ng Ka Long
Mixed doubles: Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet, Wang Yilyu/ Huang Dongping
Men’s singles: Loh Kean Yew
Women’s doubles: Jin Yujia/Crystal Wong
Mixed doubles: Terry Hee/Jessica Tan
Malaysian Open Tournament Highlights: January 15, 2023
On January 15, Denmarks’ Viktor Axelsen declared victory in the men’s singles tournament, while Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi won in the women’s singles division. Japan dominated the tournament with Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi also winning for men’s doubles. The tournament also saw a double win for China as Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan won in women’s doubles, whereas Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong won in mixed doubles.
What happened earlier in the tournament:
On day 4 of the tournament, Loh Kean Yew was eliminated from the competition after losing to Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn. In women’s doubles, Jin Yujia and Crystal Wong also lost to Korea’s Baek Ha-na and Lee Yu-lim. Terry Hee and Jessica Tan had failed to qualify for the quarter-finals in the mixed doubles as well.
Where to watch Malaysia Open 2023?
You can watch the Malaysia Open 2023 on BWF’s official YouTube channel, where they are live-streaming the matches and you can also live-stream them on the Olympic Channel via Olympics.com in certain territories.
(Hero and feature image credit: Courtesy Instagram/ Viktor Axelsen and Akane Yamaguchi)