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.
How many players will participate in Malaysia Open 2023?
In the 66th edition of the Malaysia Open, a total of 64 players participated in the singles matches, while 86 pairs participated in the doubles matches. Some of the top-seeded players competing this year included Viktor Axelsen, Carolina Marin, PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, HS Prannoy and Tai Tzu Ying.
Indian players to watch out for in Malaysian Open 2023:
PV Sindhu made a comeback for the first time since winning a gold medal in women’s singles at the Commonwealth Games last year. No Indian has ever won any title at the Malaysian Open, so needless to say, expectations were high this year.
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Here’s a list of all the Indian badminton champions participating in Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s doubles and Women’s doubles.
Men’s singles: Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, and HS Prannoy
Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Aakarshi Kashyap, and Malvika Bansod
Men’s doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty, Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala
Women’s doubles: Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand, Ashwini Bhat K./Shikha Gauta
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Malaysian Open Tournament Highlights: January 15, 2023
On January 15, Denmarks’ Viktor Axelsen won the men’s singles tournament while Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi won the women’s singles competition. Japan led the wins with Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi also winning the title in the men’s doubles division. The tournament also saw double wins for China as Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan won the women’s doubles, whereas Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong won the mixed doubles division.
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Day 4 highlights:
In men’s singles, Prannoy H.S. got knocked out during the quarter-finals by Japan’s Kodai Naraoka. In men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty proceeded to the semi-finals to play against China but were eventually defeated.
Day 3 highlights:
Prannoy H. S. moved to the quarter-finals of the tournament of men’s singles. In men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also moved on to the quarter-finals.
Day 2 highlights:
India’s top-ranked women’s player PV Sindhu got knocked out by her longtime rival Carolina Marin. In fact, most of India’s players have been knocked out of the tournament, with only HS Prannoy initially surviving in the single’s division.
Where to watch Malaysia Open 2023:
In India, fans can watch the live telecast of the Malayasia Open 2023 on the Sports18 channel. In case you wish to watch it on a streaming platform, VootSelect and Jio Cinema will be live-streaming the badminton tournament as well. BWF’s official YouTube channel will also be live-streaming the matches.
(Hero and feature image credit: Courtesy Instagram/ Viktor Axelsen and Akane Yamaguchi)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: The quarter-finals of the 2023 Malaysian Open will be taking place on January 13. The semi-finals are scheduled for the 14th, while the final will take place on the 15th.
Answer: India, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Korea, Netherlands, Egypt, Israel, England and many others are participating in the 2023 Malaysia Open.