China’s Long Chen and Spain’s Carolina Marin triumphed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, but they were both on the losing end in Kuala Lumpur at the Malaysia Masters.
Chen lost to Korea’s Wan Ho Son in straight sets and Marin was defeated by Thai Ratchanok Intanon, also in straight sets. The Doubles winners, however, were more familiar as perennial stars Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA) won the men’s division and Japan’s Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota took the women’s title. Summaries:
BWF World Tour/Malaysia Masters
Kuala Lumpur (MAS) ~ 15-20 January 2019
(Full results here)
Men’s Singles: 1. Wan Ho Son (KOR); 2. Long Chen (CHN); 3. Viktor Axelsen (DEN) and Daren Liew (MAS). Semis: Son d. Liew, walkover; Chen d. Axelsen, 21-13, 21-18. Final: Son d. Chen, 21-17, 21-19.
Men’s Doubles: 1. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA); 2. Yew Sin Ong/Ee Yi Teo (MAS) ; 3. V. Shem Goh/Wee Kiong Tan (MAS) and Aaron Chia/Wool Yik Soh (MAS). Semis: Gideon/Sukamuljo d. Goh/Tan, 21-18, 24-22; Ong/Teo d. Chia/Soh, 21-6, 18-21, 21-19. Final: Gideon/Sukamuljo d. Ong/Teo, 21-15, 21-16.
Women’s Singles: 1. Ratchanok Intanon (THA); 2. Carolina Marin (ESP); 3. Saina Nehwal (IND) and Jin Wei Goh (MAS). Semis: Intanon d. Goh, 21-16, 21-16; Marin d. Nehwal, 21-16, 21-13. Final: Intanon d. Marin, 21-9, 22-20.
Women’s Doubles: 1. Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (JPN); 2. Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu (INA); 3. Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (JPN) and Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara (JPN). Semis: Fukushima/Hirota d. Matsumoto/Nagahara, 21-13, 21-14; Polii/Rahayu d. Matsutomo/Takahashi, 20-22, 21-13, 21-19. Final: Fukushima/Hirota d. Polii/Rahayu, 18-21, 21-16, 21-16.
Mixed Doubles: 1. Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino (JPN); 2. Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (THA); 3. Peng Soon Chan/Liu Ying Goh (MAS) and Robin Tabeling/Selena Piek (NED). Semis: Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai d. Tabeling/Piek, 21-19, 21-14; Watanabe/Higashino d. Chan/Goh, 21-15, 7-21, 21-14. Final: Watanabe/Higashino d. Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai, 21-18, 21-18.