The first major Badminton tournament in 2019 took place in Malaysia this week with many topstars competing. After all it`s a pre-olympic year and the hunting for qualifying points begins. The audience saw great matches with spectacular rallies in a great venue. The local players delivered quite well supported by the crazy-for-badminton Malaysians. No newcomers getting through though. The Champions are all very well-known in the Badminton world already.
Badminton Malaysia Masters 2019 Champions
Womens Singles: Intanon retains her title
Ratchanok Intanon (THA) def. Carolina Marin (ESP) 21-9 22-20
The beautiful Thai girl did it again. After defeating Tai Tzu Ying in a nailbiter in 2018 she overcame the number one here again in the quarterfinals in straight games. But that wasn`t enough for her, she got through to the finals and beat World and Olympic champion Carolina Marin in straight games as well. The first game was a demolition. In the second she lead by six points, only to let Marin come back, even having a game point at 20-19. But Intanon showed nerves of stell and pushed herself to win the next three points. A very promising start to the season. Let`s see, if she can back it up.
Mens Doubles: Minions unstoppable
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjana Sukamuljo (IND) def. Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi (MAL) 21-15 21-16
The Minions`victory was inevitable, but the Malaysian youngsters showed tremendeous potential. They gave all they had, but were too inexperienced. Very entertaining match, though.
Mixed Doubles: Japanese Youngsters established in world class
Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino (JPN) def. Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (THA) 21-18 21-18
I am glad to see the best Japanese mixed starting to back up their All England victory. They were trailing the Thai pairs lead for 3/4 in both games but showed good mental strength in close situations. Watanabe is a joy to watch!
Womens Doubles: Japanese Dominance continues
Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (JPN) def. Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu (IND) 18-21 21-16 21-16
The Indonesians put up a good fight and had their chances even in the second and third game. But the top seeds were rock-solid.
Mens Singles: Korean Oldie experiencing his second spring
Son Wan Ho (KOR) def. Chen Long (CHN) 21-17 21-19
The eternal Korean had a very strong finish in 2018 already with two great tournament victories, beating Momota on the way. He is keeping it up in 2019 with a solid win over Olympic champion Chen Long. It was a very even match with long rallies. Son just with the little bit of extra punch and luck at the end of both games.