Viktor Axelsen is once more the person to beat however nationwide singles teaching director Wong Choong Hann believes that it’ll not be straightforward for the Dane within the Malaysian Open beginning at the moment.
The match, which has been promoted to the Tremendous 1000 class with a complete prize pool of US$1.25mil (RM5.547mil), will see the boys’s singles winner take dwelling a whopping US$87,500 (RM388,290).
That alone shall be extra motivation for his opponents to finish the Dane’s title protection.
“Victor is in fact the favourite however we can’t low cost the power of different high 10 gamers together with the world No. 2 Lee Zii Jia. I feel will probably be tough for Viktor to achieve the ultimate,” stated Choong Hann.
“Shi Yuqi of China, Kunlavut (Vitidsarn) of Thailand and Indonesian gamers (Anthony Ginting and Jonatan Christie) are among the many potential threats. Any one in every of them could cause hassle.”
Even Axelsen was conscious of the upcoming menace.
“There are a lot of abilities and good gamers on this class, if you’re not targeted you’ll be able to simply face issues early on. The stress is a privilege nevertheless it additionally means I’m ready to do nicely .
“I am going to let others resolve who’s the favourite. For me, I am going to simply concentrate on my recreation.”
Zii Jia is predicted to get by towards Kodai Naraoka, who has not been in high kind, within the first spherical earlier than organising a conflict with compatriot Ng Tze Yong.
The Zii Jia-Tze Yong encounter needs to be a deal with for dwelling followers with Choong Hann saying that Tze Yong has been placing in mature performances of late.
Tze Yong’s greatest run in a match was on the Commonwealth Video games the place he took the silver medal and that’s the type of kind Choong Hann believes the 22-year-old shuttler wants to breed on the Axiata Enviornment.
“I imagine Tze Yong has an opportunity to do nicely. However he should have religion that he can produce the outcomes,” added Choong Hann.
“He is taking part in higher towards the highest 20 gamers and he must stick with it.”
Axelsen has a troublesome first-round encounter towards compatriot Rasmus Gemke however the Olympics champion should not have any issues shifting on to the subsequent spherical.
Impartial participant Liew Daren will face France’s rising star, Toma Junior Popov, within the first spherical.
Within the girls’s singles, Goh Jin Wei is the one Malaysian in motion and can open her marketing campaign towards Germany’s Yvonne Li.
The win will set Jin Wei up towards South Korean second seed An Se-young within the second spherical on Thursday.