The first day of Malaysia Open 2018 tournament held at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday (26/6) afternoon until night colored with shocks. Some of the top players with the status of flagship, immediately stopped age lost in round 1.
One of the great surprise makers is an Indonesian player. Here are some unexpected surprises that occurred on the first day of Malaysia Open 2018.
1Single men’s 2016 Olympic gold medalist immediately collapsed
The most devastating surprise on the first day of Malaysia Open 2018 took place in the men’s singles sector. One of the Chinese champions, Chen Long, immediately stopped. The men’s 2016 Olympic gold medalist, plundered as the fifth seed, lost the stright game of Thai youngster Kantaphon Wangcharoen.
The 19-year-old Wangcharoen, winning 23-21 21-5 over Chen Long. This result is surprising. Wangcharoen even called his victory the greatest achievement of his career so far.
“Chen Long is one of the best players in the world, beating him is a great achievement, I am just trying to focus on getting points by point and playing with my ability,” said Wangcharoen quoted from Insidethegames.biz.
2Double mixed silver medalist Olimpaide 2016 also went straight out
The first day of Malaysia Open 2018 is apparently unfriendly for Malaysian doubles-mixed doubles. Imagine, the three mixed Malaysian mixed doubles, all falling out in round 1.
Starting from the defeat of Goh Soon Huat / Shevon Jemie Lai from the Thai doubles, Dechapol Puavaranukroh / Sapsiree Taerattanachai. Then Tan Kian Meng / Lai Pei Jing was subdued from the Chinese double, Zhang Nan / Li Yinhui.
And, the senior couple, Chan Peng Soon (30) and Goh Liu Ying (29) who is expected to be Malaysia’s hopes, also stalled. The mixed doubles of the 2016 Olympic silver medalists were outclassed by non-seeded Taiwanese Wang Chi-Lin / Lee Chia Hsin 22-24, 9-21 as quoted from Bwfworldtour.com.
3“Archer’s enemies” Marcus / Kevin immediately stops at round 1
Malaysia Men’s 2018 singles final will not present the classic final between two arch-rivals, Marcus Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya and Mathias Boe / Carsten Mogensen. The reason, Boe / Mogensen immediately fell on the first day.
Double Danish senior who became the 2nd seed is subject to rubber game from double Malaysia, Ong Yew Shin / Teo Ee Yi through a draining game. Lost 17-21 in the first game, Boe / Mogensen got up in the second game and won 21-18. However, in the deciding game, they lost 21-13.
4Indonesia’s young mixed double shock beat 6th seed from Denmark
The great surprise in round 1 Malaysia Open 2018 was also made by Indonesian players. Mixed doubles pair, Hafiz Faizal / Gloria Widjaja managed to repatriate Danish 6th seed Mathias Christiansen / Christinna Pedersen through a rubber game game in 1 hour and three minutes.
Hafiz / Gloria who is not on the flagship list, started the game well. They won 21-16 in the first game. Double Denmark got up in the second game and won 21-11. However, Hafiz / Faisal managed to secure a third with a score of 21-15.