The upcoming Swiss Open, which begins on Tuesday, presents the Malaysian contingent with an ideal alternative to stamp their mark on the 2021 BWF World Tour season opener with a title, within the absence of a number of huge names.
With out the participation of China, Japan and plenty of high South Korean names, lots of the nationwide shuttlers are seeded among the many high two of their respective occasions and have a fantastic likelihood of going the gap.
The Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia (BAM) have remained coy of their probabilities, stating in the event that they have been to return with at the least one title, it “can be a very good begin”.
However in actual fact, the nationwide shuttlers already have began and should take it upon themselves to provide the products in Basel.
With the Swiss Open providing qualifying factors to the Olympics, it additionally presents a fantastic alternative for a lot of of them to seal their spots to Tokyo.
Goh Liu Ying, who’s seeded high alongside Chan Peng Quickly within the combined doubles, instructed Stadium Astro they “should do properly”.
“We’re seeded high and it’s important we do properly, particularly seeing that the Swiss Open presents Olympics factors,” she mentioned.
The world quantity seven pair have been among the many disappointments on the current Bangkok tour and are anticipated to bounce again.
Within the males’s doubles, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik are high seeds, whereas Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are third in a discipline comprising primarily European pairs.
With out the in-form Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin who beat each pairs on the Thailand Open finals, there’s renewed optimism that the Malaysians can obtain leads to Switzerland.
Others who’re within the fray embody Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, Low Cling Yee-Ng Eng Cheong and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin.
Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean are seeded second within the girls’s doubles, and will face team-mates Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah within the semis.
With out the Japanese and Koreans, the Malaysians are anticipated to progress far.
Soniia Cheah gained’t be given a lot hope within the girls’s singles with Carolina Marin, P.V. Sindhu and Sung Ji-hyun within the combine, however the shuttler, who was dropped by BAM, will probably be out to show some extent.
Armed with new sponsors, Cheah will hope to silence her critics when she takes on Germany’s Yvonne Li within the first spherical.
Of all of the shuttlers, Lee Zii Jia carries the largest hopes of the nation because the nation’s premiere males’s singles shuttler.
A forgettable outing in Bangkok is predicted to be taken as a studying curve for the younger Malaysian to flex his muscular tissues in opposition to a much less aggressive discipline lacking huge names like Kento Momota, Chen Lengthy and Anders Antonsen.
Lee is seeded second and can play South Korea’s Heo Kwang-hee within the first spherical.