Malaysia Open 2023: Denmark’s Victor Axelsen, Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi And Others Win

Malaysia Open 2023
Malaysia Open 2023

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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The first two days of the Malaysia Open 2023 were reserved for the round of 32 matches of all five categories – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

On January 12, 16 matches were played in the tournament while the quarter-finals and semi-finals were played on January 13 and 14, respectively. The finals were played on January 15.

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How many players will participate in Malaysia Open 2023?

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In the 66th edition of the Malaysia Open, a total of 64 players participated in 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

While expectations were high from hometown hero Lee Zii Ji, the second seed in the men’s singles tournament, he has unfortunately gone down in defeat to Japan’s Naraoka Kodai. This season marks Lee’s first World Tour competition since parting ways with coach Indra Wijaya in November 2022.

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Take a look at the prominent Asian players participating in the tournament. 

Malaysia

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

Thailand.

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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Hong Kong

Men’s singles: Lee Cheuk Yiu, Ng Ka Long
Mixed doubles
: Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet

Singapore

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:

This season didn’t start on the best note for Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia, who unfortunately lost to his difficult Japanese opponent Naraoka Kodai 21-13, 17-21, 19-21. In women’s doubles, Thailand’s Supissara Paewsampran and Puttita Supajirakul beat India’s Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam 10-21, 12-21 to advance to the next round.

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On day 4, in mixed doubles, Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei lost to Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the quarter-finals. 

Where to watch Malaysia Open 2023?

In Malaysia, you can watch the matches in person at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur. If you wish to watch them online, BWF’s official YouTube channel will also be live-streaming the matches. 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)