The CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open 2019 kicks off tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur and all the big guns are ready to rumble. Unfortunately we won’t see local legend Lee Chong Wei in his comeback tournament, as he withdrawn from the tournament he won 12 times before. We wish him good health, and will soon welcome him back on court.

Malaysia Open is the first Super 750 of the year and will kick off from Tuesday April 2nd – April 7th in the AXIATA stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The crowd in this stadium is usually really enthutiastisc and cheer a lot, really the spirit and the magic of badminton. We can’t wait to get started tomorrow. Below Badminton Famly will go through each category and also list the seeded players.

Mens Singles:
Top seed and world no. 1 Kento Momota is once again the big favorite, but who can beat him? Viktor Axelsen looks sharp at the moment after winning last weeks India Open, and also to mention his place in the All England final where he lost to Momota in 3 close sets. Viktor and Momota will face off in the quarterfinal, if they win the first 2 rounds. Both off them have tricky rounds, Momota faces Jan O Jorgensen in round 1 and Viktor faces Wang Tzu Wei in his round 1. Chen Long, Shi Yuqi and Chou Tien Chen is also possible winners of this weeks tournament, let’s see how everything goes.

The top 8 seeded players are:

1Kento Momota
2Shi Yuqi
3Chou Tien Chen
4Chen Long
5Son Wan Ho (Is injured)
6Viktor Axelsen
7Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
8Kidambi Srikanth

Womens Singles:
The Womens singles is one big ?
Will Tai Tzu Ying continue her amazing play or what about all other 7 seeded players? We think all 8 players can win this tournament. Ratchanok won last week in India against He Bingjao, and what about Sindhu and Japans Yamaguchi and Okuhara, what form will they come in this week? The quarterfinal line-up looks amazing, we can’t wait.

The top 8 seeded players are:

1Tai Tzu Ying
2Nozomi Okuhara
3Chen Yufei
4Akane Yamaguchi
5Pusarla V. Sindhu
6He Bingjiao
7Ratchanok Intanon
8Saina Nehwal

Mens Doubles:
Well everybody is here and everybody wants to win it, so like the Womens singles this category is very open. Sukamuljo/Gideon must once again be favorites, but crashed out in the All England in round 1, so must be hungry to get back on top. When we look at all 32 pairs in the tournament almost all pairs can beat some of the top favorites, the level is just real high in the mens doubles event at the moment. We think the stadium favors the Indonesian pairs, they have proven before they like the windy conditions with fast and quick play at the net and serve situation. Can Veterans Ahsan/Setiawan maybe do the impossible again?

Top 8 seeded pairs are:

1Marcus Fernaldi GideonKevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
2Li JunhuiLiu Yuchen
3Takeshi KamuraKeigo Sonoda
4Hiroyuki EndoYuta Watanabe
5Kim AstrupAnders Skaarup Rasmussen
6Mohammad AhsanHendra Setiawan
7Han ChengkaiZhou Haodong
8Fajar AlfianMuhammad Rian Ardianto

Womens Doubles:
Who can beat Japan? Japan has 4 pairs in top 8 seedings, just amazing. All 4 pairs can win this week. Chinas Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan have been playing really good lately, and can maybe break down Japans dominans. And what about Koreas 3 pairs and Polii/Rahayu who won last week in India, will be exiting to watch. Everything can happen…

Top seeded 8 pairs are:

1Yuki FukushimaSayaka Hirota
2Misaki MatsutomoAyaka Takahashi
3Mayu MatsumotoWakana Nagahara
4Greysia PoliiApriyani Rahayu
5Chen QingchenJia Yifan
6Shiho TanakaKoharu Yonemoto
7Gabriela StoevaStefani Stoeva
8Jongkolphan KititharakulRawinda Prajongjai

Mixed Doubles:
The mixed doubles are at the moment totally dominated by the 2 top China pairs who also are seeded 1 and 2. Who can beat them? We think Japans Watanabe and Higashino maybe is the only real threat to the Chinese. Just can’t see the other pairs going all the way in this tournament. If China is to loose, we think they have to be beaten early in the tournament before they get to comfortable in the stadium etc. Let’s see if they will take home the title once again, as they have done SO many times last year, and this year as well.

Top 8 seeded pairs are:

1Zheng SiweiHuang Yaqiong
2Wang YilyuHuang Dongping
3Yuta WatanabeArisa Higashino
4Dechapol PuavaranukrohSapsiree Taerattanachai
5Chan Peng SoonGoh Liu Ying
6Chris AdcockGabrielle Adcock
7Tang Chun ManTse Ying Suet
8Hafiz FaizalGloria Emanuelle Widjaja

Take a look at the full draws here

Malaysia Open 2018 winners were:
MS: Lee Chong Wei (MAL)
WS: Tai Tzu Ying (TPE)
MD: Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (JPN)
WD: Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (JPN)
XD: Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong (CHN)

Below are pictures of last years winners:

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