Not a single Malaysian player made it to the semi-finals.
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The last surviving Malaysian badminton players in Malaysia Open 2023 had been knocked out.
Men’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi lost to the world no. 1 doubles from Indonesia, Fajar Alfian and Rian Ardianto (Fajri), at the Axiata Stadium on Friday (13 Jan).
Ong and Teo displayed a convincing game when they won the first set 21-14.
However, the Indonesian pair did not give up quickly in the second set and took an 11-8 lead before the break.
The situation put pressure on Ong and Teo, forcing them to make simple mistakes.
The second set ended with the Indonesians winning 21-16 and taking the match to the third set (rubber set).
The rubber set saw the Indonesian pair display a more aggressive playing style and attack frequently.
They also outmanoeuvred the Malaysian in terms of speed before winning 21-17.
The high drama paused when the scoreboard suddenly froze, with the Indonesians leading by 19-15.
After trying unsuccessfully to get the system working, the umpire called for the game to proceed.
Earlier in the day, national mixed doubles Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei lost to the second-ranked pair, Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai, from Thailand, in a two-set match.
The national doubles, ranked 17th in the world, started the game quite aggressively in the first set before narrowly losing 19-21.
Following the defeat, the Malaysian mixed pair vowed to improve their performance.
Reaching the quarter-finals in our first big tournament together is a good achievement but we’re not satisfied with this.National mixed doubles pair Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei on their results.
Some fans did not try to hide their disappointment and noted that other countries are fast catching up, if not already better than Malaysia.
Others said the blame had been unfairly pinned on top national singles player Lee Zii Jia.
Lee, who is world no. 2, shockingly crashed out in the very first round of the tournament.
Nevertheless, many fans supported the national players and cheered them on even when they lost.
Many fans also turned up at Axiata Arena to show their support.
Some said the ticket price was worth paying as there was plenty of action on the courts.
Many games went into the third set, making badminton lovers happy, especially those in the super fans seating category.
The super fans tickets are the most expensive, costing as much as RM700 depending on the match day selected.
At the same time, fans thronged the Axiata Arena to take advantage of great deals on badminton products and merchandise.
Hello all Badminton fans! Here’s your chance to get the special edition Touch ‘n Go card at BAM Juara Fest 2023. These cards are available for purchase at our booth on 14th&15th Jan. You can also purchase our bundled pack of Touch ‘n Go RFID Tag & Enhanced Touch ‘n Go Card too! https://t.co/NzoozVO16W— mytouchngo (@MyTouchnGo) January 13, 2023
Fans also relished taking selfies with the many badminton superstars at the tournament.
This is the first Malaysia Open to hold a Super 1000 status and the first of the 2023 Badminton World Federation (BWF) world tour.
A total of 64 players participated in the singles matches, while 86 pairs participated in the doubles matches.
The tournament’s final match will take place tomorrow (15 January).
Fans are advised to plan their timing as a huge crowd is expected due to Taiwanese singer Jay Chou’s concert at Bukit Jalil Stadium next door.