#MalaysianOpen2017: Team Malaysia ready to strike in full force

Lacklustre run at the Indian Open 

After the All England tournament that ended on the 12 of March, some of Malaysia’s top shuttlers did not have smooth run at the Indian Open.

But now, national mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, men’s doubles pair Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem, and four-time All England champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei are all looking for strike full force in the Celcom Axiata Malaysian Open Super Series.

Lee Chong Wei going for his 12th Malaysian Open title 

Datuk Lee Chong Wei did not even participate in the Indian Open (28th March to 1st of April) as he had just returned from All England and wanted to give himself enough time to recover before he participated in another tournament.

In addition to that, Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be gunning for his 12th Malaysian Open title, so he had to make sure to be fit and on form.

Liu Ying has recovered from her fever & ready to bounce back 

Photo: Goh Liu Ying

Mixed doubles pair, Chang Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying did participate in the Indian Open and had a good run, but the duo had to withdraw from the tournament in the semifinals as Goh Liu Ying came down with a fever.

Meanwhile, mens’ doubles top duo Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong suffered a blow in the quarterfinals of the Indian Open. V Shem-Wee Kiong were defeted 15-21, 17-21 in 33 minutes by China’s Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen.

All of them are determined to bounce back on home soil as they gear up for the Malaysian Open that is happening this week.

“I am still keeping good fitness, good shape and good spirit, and I still have the fire to keep on playing,” Lee Chong Wei told the media.

“I will take one match at a time. This is a strong field and I know it won’t be easy to win every year,” he added.

Chong Wei v Lin Dan is still on the cards 

Photo: The Star

Lee Chong Wei is scheduled to face England’s Rajiv Ousep in the opening round, which should be fairly easy for him. Chong Wei, of course, faces the prospect of going up against China’s top seeds Chen Long or Lin Dan in the later rounds.

Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying will open their Malaysian Open campaign by going up against Indonesia’s Edi Subaktiar and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaya, the same opponents they defeated in the early rounds of the Indian Open.

Let’s do this! #TeamMalaysia 

The Malaysian Open will take place at the Perpaduan Negeri Sarawak Stadium starting today until 9th of April, where badminton players from all around the world will compete for a total prize money of USD600,000.

Other Malaysian shuttlers who will feature in the Malaysian Open are Daren Liew, Chong Wei Feng, Zulfadli Zulkiffli.

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