PETALING JAYA: Malaysia badminton will end the season this year by having top 10 players in three out of five events.
It’s not bad considering that the season was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Malaysians had not played in any tournaments since the All-England in March. They did not take part in the Denmark Open in October.
There are no more tournaments until end of this year and the first tournament slated to kick off the season next year is the Thailand Open from Jan 12-17 in Bangkok.
Based on the world ranking that has been frozen since March, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are the country’s top ranked players in the mixed doubles in the seventh position.
National No. 1 men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik are in ninth spot while Lee Zii Jia remains at the 10th spot in the men’s singles.
The highest ranked player in the women’s singles is Soniia Cheah at 29th while Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean lead the women’s doubles at the 14th spot.
(Top five only)
Men’s singles: 1. Kento Momota (Jpn), 2. Chou Tien-chen (Tpe), 3. Anders Antonsen (Den), 4. Viktor Axelsen (Den), 5. Chen Long (Chn). Selected: 10. Lee Zii Jia, 41. Liew Daren, 67. Soong Joo Ven, 74. Cheam June Wei.
Men’s doubles: 1. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina), 2. Hendra Setiawan-Mohd Ahsan (Ina), 3. Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn), 4. Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn), 5. Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe (Jpn). Selected: 9. Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, 14. Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, 15. Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, 28. Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani.
Women’s singles: 1. Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe), 2. Chen Yufei (Chn), 3. Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn), 4. Nozomi Okuhara (Jpn), 5. Ratchanok Intanon (Tha). Selected: 29. Soniia Cheah, 92. S. Kisona, 123. Lee Ying Ying, 138. Goh Jin Wei.
Women’s doubles: 1. Chen Qinchen-Jia Yifan (Chn), 2. Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirata (Jpn), 3. Mayu Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara (Jpn), 4. Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan (Kor), 5. Du Yue-Li Yinhui (Chn). Selected: 14. Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, 25. Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen, 39. Pearly Tan-M. Thianaah, 67. Yap Ling-Teoh Mei Xing.
Mixed doubles: 1. Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong (Chn), 2. Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn), 3. Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha), 4. Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Ina), 5. Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (Jpn). Selected: 7. Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, 11. Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, 12. Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie, 35. Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See, 57. Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei.