(File pix) A host of big names, including Datuk Lee Chong Wei, have confirmed their participation for the 2018 Perodua Malaysia Masters which will be held from January 16-21 at the Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur Sports City.Pix by Osman Adnan

KUALA LUMPUR: A host of big names have confirmed their participation for the 2018 Perodua Malaysia Masters which will be held from January 16-21 at the Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur Sports City.

Malaysia’s top singles player Lee Chong Wei, Olympic winners Lin Dan, Chen Long, Zhang Nan (China), Carolina Marin (Spain) and World No 1s Viktor Axelsen (Denmark), Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei), Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (China) are among those who will feature in this year’s edition.

The Perodua Malaysia Masters has been upgraded to a Grade 2, Level 4, BWF World Tour (Super Series) status as of this year and has in turn attracted many world-class badminton players’.

Other stars that will be competing are South Korea’s Son Wan Ho, Chou Tien Chen ( Taiwan), Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Denmark), Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen, Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (China), Ayaka Takahashi-Misaki Matsumoto, Akane Yamaguchi (Japan), P.V. Sindhu, (India) and Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand).

Last year’s winners, Angus Ng Ka Long (men’s singles), Saina Nehwal (women’s singles), and Hardianto-Berry Angriawan (men’s doubles) will also return to defend their respective titles.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s top shuttlers such as Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, last edition’s mixed doubles winners, Lai Pei Jing-Tan Kian Meng, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai, Lee Zii Jia will also compete, while Goh Jin Wei, Lim Chi Wing, Soong Joo Ven Liew, Daren, Lee Ying Ying, Ho Yen Mei and several others will have to go through a qualifying round to secure spots in the tournament.

The tournament will feature the long-awaited return of top national mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, after Liu Ying’s long injury layoff last year forced Peng Soon to temporarily partner two younger players.

“It is great to see the Perodua Masters Malaysia so well-received by so many top players. This marks the first time most of the world’s top 10 players will be competing against each other in this tournament,” said Malaysia Masters Organising Committee chairman, Datuk Ng Chin Chai.

“Their participation will definitely impact the tournament, making it more exciting and competitive. It will also be beneficial for our players to play against other top shuttlers in our very own backyard. I hope the fans will turn up in full force to cheer our players on,” added Chin Chai.

A total grand prize of US$350,000 (RM1.4 million) awaits the winners.

Tickets will go on sale from today (Friday) and will be priced from RM18 to RM75, ranging from three different categories (upper, lower, premium) for adults, while tickets for children aged four to 18-years-old will enjoy 50 per cent off adult prices right up till the quarter-final stage. More details are available at http://www.myticket.asia/.

1,530 reads