Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

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Throughout its 87-year existence, there have been remarkable achievements in women’s singles and mixed doubles in the BWF World Tour. An Se Young and Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino showcased outstanding performances at the recent PETRONAS Malaysia Open 2024, correcting the anomaly in the tournament records for Korea and Japan.

An Se Young and Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino Make History

At a near-capacity Axiata Arena, Watanabe/Higashino triumphed over Kim Won Ho/Jeong Na Eun with a convincing 21-18, 21-15 victory in the opening final. The duo was delighted to etch their names in the history books and create mixed doubles history for Japan.

Watanabe expressed his pride, saying, “I’m only hearing about this now. It makes me very proud to make mixed doubles history for Japan here, and there’s an incentive now to defend it next year. We want to continue winning titles that Japan haven’t won. It also motivates us to keep doing well at other tournaments.” Higashino added, “We’ve created history before, and I’m happy to create more with Yuta going forward.”

In the subsequent match, An Se Young showcased her exceptional skills and tenacity, taking down the three-time winner Tai Tzu Ying with a hard-fought 10-21, 21-10, 21-18 victory. With this triumph, An became the first Korean women’s singles player to win the Malaysia Open, a feat that surprised even herself. She expressed her joy, saying, “Wow, really? I didn’t know that. That’s great to know, and I feel amazing about it. I hope there are more titles to come. I’ve always loved playing in Malaysia.” An’s victory was a testament to her dedication and determination, as she previously lost to Tai Tzu Ying in the semifinals of the World Tour Finals.

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An’s Remarkable Achievements and Future Aspirations

An Se Young, the 21-year-old world No.1, has now clinched her fourth Super 1000 level title. Her pursuit of sporting excellence continues as she gears up for the upcoming India Open 2024, where she holds the title of defending champion.

Results (Finals)

For complete results of the finals, please visit the official website of BWF World Tour.

What Others Said

  • Anders Antonsen, after winning, jokingly said, “If I was younger, maybe with some alcohol and a cigar, but I’m more mature and boring now, so something good to eat, that’s for sure.”
  • Liang Wei Keng, reflecting on their victory, said, “We had a winter training camp before coming here, and it was very tough, but that set the foundations for this tournament and the season ahead.”
  • Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, acknowledging their opponents’ performance, said, “We are really happy with the way we played throughout the tournament, but we are not satisfied enough. We made silly mistakes, but kudos to them for keeping the pressure. Hopefully, we get revenge next time.”

Antonsen overcome by emotion after winning.

FAQs

Q: Who were the winners in the mixed doubles category at the PETRONAS Malaysia Open 2024?
A: Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino emerged victorious in the mixed doubles category, creating history for Japan.

Q: Who was the first Korean women’s singles player to win the Malaysia Open?
A: An Se Young became the first Korean women’s singles player to win the Malaysia Open.

Summary

The recently concluded PETRONAS Malaysia Open 2024 witnessed exceptional performances by An Se Young and Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino. They made history by correcting anomalies in the tournament records for Korea in women’s singles and Japan in mixed doubles. An Se Young’s victory marked her as the first Korean women’s singles player to win the Malaysia Open, while Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino created mixed doubles history for Japan. Their achievements highlight their dedication and determination to continue pushing boundaries in the world of badminton. The tournament showcased the talent and tenacity of these remarkable players, leaving fans eager to witness their future endeavors.

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