The Swiss Open is an annual international badminton tournament held in Switzerland, it attracts some of the best badminton players from around the world who compete in various categories such as men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
The tournament is known for its competitive matches and has gained popularity among badminton enthusiasts worldwide. The 2023 edition of the Swiss Open is currently underway, and the matches have been intense and exciting so far.
Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai finish as runners-up
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Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai, the independent mixed doubles pair from Malaysia, ended up as the runners-up in the Swiss Open after a hard-fought match against China’s rising pair Jiang Zhen Bang and Wei Ya Xin.
The Malaysian pair lost 17 – 21, 21 – 19, 17 – 21 in a thrilling final in Basel. Though Soon Huat and Shevon had also been denied the title last year, it was still an impressive performance that they can be proud of, as it was their best finish in any tournament this year.
They were the best performers for Malaysia in the tournament, as all other local players had been eliminated in the last four rounds.
Lee Zii Jia defeated by Watanabe Koki in the 2023 Swiss Open semi-finals
Lee Zii Jia suffered a shocking defeat in the semi-finals of the 2023 Swiss Open after being outclassed by world number 37 Koki Watanabe of Japan in the semi-final of the Swiss Open early this morning.
The Japanese shuttler needed just 27 minutes to win 21 – 11, 21 – 14 and reach his first BWF Tour Super 300 final in Basel.
Lee made a number of errors early on, allowing Watanabe to take an 11-8 lead into the interval. The Japanese player continued to play well, drawing points out and taking the first game 21 – 11.
While the Malaysian badminton fan favourite struggled to show the brilliance that won him the 2021 All-England title, Watanabe took a healthy 11 – 4 advantage in the second-set break before closing out the match.
Ng Tze Yong retires from the 2023 Badminton Swiss Open tournament
Unlike Lee Zii Jia, his fellow Malaysian shuttler, Ng Tze Yong struggled during the quarter-finals. In a match that started with both players with balanced scores, Chou Tien-Chen of Chinese Taipei soon out-performed the local and eventually won the first game with a stunning, 21 – 11.
Ng could be seen struggling as time went by. He had to retire from the match this time against the 33-year-old badminton player who’s ranked sixth in the world. He threw in the towel after trailing 2 – 0 in the second game.
Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei exit from the 2023 Badminton Swiss Open tournament
Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei, the Malaysian mixed doubles pair, have unfortunately lost in the quarter-finals of the 2023 Badminton Swiss Open tournament. They were defeated by the Dutch pair Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek in a match that lasted 58 minutes with scores of 19 – 21, 21 – 19, 19 – 21.
The Malaysian pair had advanced to the quarter-finals after coming back from a game down to defeat He Jiting and Du Yue of the People’s Republic of China in the previous round.
Although Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei will be disappointed with their quarter-final defeat, they can be proud of their performance throughout the tournament. They showed great teamwork and coordination, and their hard work and dedication will undoubtedly lead to more success in the future.
Teo Ee Yi and Ong Yew Sin exit the Swiss Open after losing the semi-finals
Independent men’s doubles pair, Teo Ee Yi and Ong Yew Sin have unfortunately failed to make it to the finals of the 2023 Swiss Open badminton tournament.
After a hard-fought match against India’s world No. 6 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, the Malaysian pair were defeated in the semi-finals with scores of 19 – 21, 21 – 17, 17 – 21.
Despite their loss, Teo and Ong can be proud of their performance as it was their best finish in a tournament so far this year.
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Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu also reaches the quarter-finals
Hong Kong had a great reason to celebrate as well as Lee Cheuk Yiu made it to the quarter-finals after defeating Indian shuttler Srikanth Kidambi in straight sets 22 – 20, 21- 17. He will now face Koki Watanabe of Japan in the semi-finals.
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This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur