Badminton tournaments are proceeding at an incessant pace with the 2021 French Open inaugurating on October 26 and concluding on October 31.
Merely days after Malaysian badminton representatives gave their all at the 2021 Denmark Open, they have converged in Paris for the storied event first held in 1935. Several players will have redemption on their minds after tasting disappointment in Odense. Lee Zii Jia succumbed to Viktor Axelsen in closely fought two sets. A rematch in quarter-finals could well eventuate if both players expectedly sail past their opponents in the early rounds.
Unlike the 2021 Denmark Open, Malaysia players will feature in all 5 categories: men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
The first round of men’s singles will witness Liew Daren vs Kanta Tsuneyama, while Lee Zii Jia will confront Loh Kean Yew of Singapore.
In women’s singles, S Kisona will play 2021 Denmark Open runner-up An Se-young.
In men’s doubles, 2021 Denmark Open semi-finalists Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin will take on teammates Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin, while Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen will test their strength against 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik. Both matches will assure Malaysia of two berths in the second round.
Another Malaysian pair Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong will meet Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel.
Three Malaysian pairs will be in action in the first round of women’s doubles. Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien are drawn against Alexandra Bøje-Mette Poulsen. Lee Meng Yean-Yap Cheng Wen will measure up against Mariia Stoliarenko-Yelyzaveta Zharka, while Pearly Tan-M Thinaah will be hopeful of defeating Jessica Hopton-Jessica Pugh.
In mixed doubles, after an accidental early exit in the prior tournament, Goh Liu Ying-Chan Peng Soon will look to make amends in the 2021 French Open against Dhruv Kapila-N. Sikki Reddy. Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai will take on Oliver Laydon-Davis-Anona Pak. Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See will have their sights set on Yang Po-hsuan-Hu Ling-fang. Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing is scheduled to play Jeppe Bay-Sara Lundgaard, while Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei has a tough assignment against 2021 Denmark Open semi-finalists Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti.
How do Malaysian badminton players perform at the 2021 French Open?
October 26 (round of 32)
Women’s doubles: Alexandra Bøje-Mette Poulsen defeated Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien 21-12, 21-14
Men’s doubles: Mark Lamfuss-Marvin Siedel defeated Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong 21-18, 21-15; Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi defeated Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin 22-24, 22-20, 21-17.
Mixed doubles: Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai defeated Oliver Leydon Davis-Anona Pak 21-9, 21-12; Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying defeated Dhruv Kapila-Reddy N. Sikki 21-19, 21-19; Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See defeated Yang Po Hsuan-Hu Ling Fang 21-14, 21-14.
Men’s singles: Kanta Tsuneyama defeated Liew Daren 21-18, 21-13.
October 27 (round of 32)
Men’s doubles: Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik defeated Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen 25-23, 21-12.
Mixed doubles: Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti defeated Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei 22-20, 21-19; Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing defeated Jeppe Bay-Sara Lundgaard 21-18, 21-15.
Women’s doubles: Lee Meng Yean-Yap Cheng Wen defeated Mariia Stoliarenko-Yelyzaveta Zharka 21-12, 21-17; Pearly Tan-M Thinaah defeated Jessica Hopton-Jessica Pugh 23-21, 21-10.
Men’s singles: Loh Kean Yew defeated Lee Zii Jia 24-22, 21-14.
October 28 (round of 16)
Mixed doubles: Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino defeated Hoo Pang Ron-Cheah Yee See 21-16, 21-18; Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran defeated Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing 20-22, 23-21, 21-14; Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai defeated Rodion Alimov-Alina Davletova 21-9, 21-13; Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying defeated Yuki Kaneko-Misaki Matsutomo 21-19, 21-14.
Men’s doubles: Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi defeated Callum Hemming-Steven Stallwood 21-8, 21-8; Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik defeated Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren 21-12, 21-12.
Women’s doubles: Siti Fadia Ramadhanti -Ribka Sugiarto defeated Pearly Tan-M Thinaah 21-12, 23-21; Chloe Birch-Lauren Smith defeated Lee Meng Yean-Yap Cheng Wen 21-19, 22-24, 21-16.
October 29 (quarter-finals)
Mixed doubles: Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino defeated Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 21-10, 21-17; Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai defeated Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai 21-14, 21-10.
Men’s doubles: Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon defeated Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi 21-13, 22-20; Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik defeated Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty 18-21, 21-18, 21-17.
October 30 (semi-finals)
Men’s doubles: Ko Sung Hyun-Shin Baekcheol defeated Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik 14-21, 21-10, 24-22.
Hero and feature images by Pedro PARDO / AFP