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.

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 include Viktor Axelsen, Carolina Marin, PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, HS Prannoy and Tai Tzu Ying.

Malaysia Open 2023: Asian players to watch out for

In men’s singles, Kunlavut Vitidsarn and Kantaphon Wangcharoen are in fine form, whereas in women’s singles, Busanan Ongbamrungphan and Pornpawee Chochuwong have advanced to the next round.

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

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.

Day 4 highlights:

Kunlavut Vitidsarn proceeded to the semi-finals and will be playing against Japan’s Kodai Naraoka for a position in the finals. Similarly, in mixed doubles, Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai will also play against Japan’s Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino.

Day 3 highlights:

In men’s singles, Kunlavut Vitidsarn proceeded to the quarter-finals. Similarly, in mixed doubles, Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai beat Malaysia’s Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei to move to the quarter-finals.

Day 2 highlights: 

In men’s singles, Kunlavut Vitidsarn and Kantaphon Wangcharoen proceeded to the second round, whereas in women’s singles, Busanan Ongbamrungphan beat Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour to advance in the tournament. In women’s doubles, Supissara Paewsampran and Puttita Supajirakul beat India’s Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam. Similarly, Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard beat Germany’s Linda Elfer and Isabel Lohau.

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)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Is there any badminton match coming up?

Answer: On January 13 and 14, the quarter finals on Malaysia Open 2023 are scheduled, while the finals will happen on January 15.

Question: Which countries are participating in Malaysia Open?

Answer: India, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Korea, Netherlands, Egypt, Israel, England and many others are participating in Malaysia Open 2023.