Stakes are excessive on the Malaysia Open 2024 and English doubles hopefuls will kick off the brand new 12 months on some of the prestigious levels.
Ben Lane and Sean Vendy will fly the flag within the males’s doubles whereas Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith and Greg and Jenny Mairs carry the blended doubles hopes in Kuala Lumpur.
The HSBC BWF World Tour Tremendous 1000 match gained its new standing in 2023 and now sits proudly alongside the YONEX All England, China Open and Indonesian Open after beforehand being ranked as a Tremendous 750 on the world circuit.
The match additionally arrives on the daybreak of an Olympic 12 months, with Paris 2024 set to come back into full focus as factors earned may show the distinction between reserving a summer time spot within the French capital and watching from dwelling.
Lane and Vendy tackle sixth seeds Kang Min Hyuk and Search engine marketing Seung Jae of South Korea and discover themselves pooled in a draw the place going through third seeds and residential favourites Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik is a chance ought to they make the quarter-finals.
The English duo completed 2023 ranked twentieth within the BWF World Rankings and are presently 18th within the Race to Paris Olympic qualification rankings, simply outdoors the highest 16.
Final 12 months, the pair had been downed within the first spherical on their match debut, dropping 21-19, 24-22 to Chinese language pairing Liu Yu Chen and Ou Xuan Yi.
With extra scalps claimed since then, together with world primary pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto on the Singapore Open in June, expertise is on their aspect going into this 12 months’s match.
Gregory and Jenny Mairs additionally fell within the first spherical final time in Kuala Lumpur after being on the Promoted Reserves Checklist, after they had been defeated 21-9 21-16 by third seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino.
The file nonetheless stands that no English winners have adopted since Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms claimed the blended doubles title in 2002.
The Mairs might be out to make their mark throughout the globe and have a chance to take action towards first-round opponents Goh Quickly Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie, who play on dwelling soil.
The Thirty sixth-ranked duo final competed on the YONEX Welsh Worldwide Badminton Championships the place they settled for silver after being pipped to victory within the last.
They’re joined within the blended doubles draw by Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith, who face Dejan Ferdinansyah and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja within the first spherical earlier than a possible assembly with third seeds Search engine marketing Seung Jae and Chae Yu Jung within the second.
The duo presently sit twenty ninth within the Race to Paris Olympic qualification rankings and can hope for a deep run within the Malaysian capital to assist them climb greater.