The PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2023 presented by DAIHATSU marks the resumption of the HSBC BWF World Tour following a six-week break.
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- China have 13 titles (joint highest with Indonesia) but are yet to conquer men’s singles and doubles.
- This year, they have seeded entries in just women’s singles (No.2 Wang Zhi Yi, No.4 Han Yue) and mixed doubles (No.4 Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping).
- Wang, Feng and Huang were part of China’s Sudirman Cup-winning squad, from which Lu Guang Zu, Li Shi Feng, Liu Sheng Shu and Tan Ning have also made the draw.
- Lee Chong Wei is the only player to win four on the spin (2009-2012).
- With five podium finishes, the Malaysian is the competition’s most successful. His other victory came in 2016.
- Three shuttlers have won in different categories at the same edition – Ma Jin (2009), Huang Ya Qiong (2014) and Christinna Pedersen (2015).
- Korean Jeong Na Eun is the sole star seeded in two events in 2023 – fifth in women’s doubles (with Kim Hye Jeong) and seventh in mixed doubles (Kim Won Ho).
- If triumphant, compatriot Seo Seung Jae, who is third seed in mixed doubles alongside Chae Yu Jung and partners Kang Min Hyuk in men’s doubles, will become the first male player to bag a similar feat.
- Doubles powerhouse Korea, surprisingly, have no titles in both categories.
- Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai are the highest remaining seeds (No.2) in mixed doubles – a discipline Thailand have never won.
- Their rivals Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing are the most recent home shuttlers to be victorious (2017).
- Malaysia last took men’s doubles in 2013 through Goh V Shem/Lim Khim Wah and women’s doubles a year earlier via Eei Hui Chin/Pei Tty Wong.
- The expectation of ending that wait will fall on second seeds Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik and sixth seeds Tan Pearly/Thinaah Muralitharan.
- Chia and Soh are yet to win a World Tour event while Tan/Muralitharan’s titles have come in Europe (Swiss Open 2021, French Open 2022).
- India’s three triumphs are all in women’s singles. Two of those were courtesy of this edition’s sixth seed Pusarla V. Sindhu (2013, 2016).
- Repeat glory will see Indonesians Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo and Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto crowned the first champions in back-to-back years since Ratchanok Intanon in 2019.
- Alfian/Ardianto, also winners in 2018, are the only top seeds with prior success at the tournament. Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida finished runners-up to Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan last year while countrywoman Akane Yamaguchi’s furthest foray is to the semifinals.
- Women’s singles third seed Intanon is among a host of former titlists in the draw.
- The others are Hendra Setiawan, Akane Yamaguchi, Busanan Ongbamrungphan, Praveen Jordan, Misaki Matsutomo, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Ng Ka Long Angus, Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai, Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet, Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, Kento Momota and Li Wen Mei.
- However, Setiawan (with Markis Kido in 2012), Matsutomo (Ayaka Takahashi in 2016), Jordan (Vita Marissa in 2013) and Li (with Zheng Yu in 2020) won with their old partners.
- No nation has dominated a discipline like Indonesia in men’s doubles. Five of the last six finals went their way.
- In second seeds Apriyani Rahayu/Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti, they also have strong contenders to halt a 10-year drought in women’s doubles. Rizki Amelia Pradipta/Pia Zebadiah Bernadet delivered in 2013.
Standout Stat: Japan are the sole country with previous winners in every category.