Badminton Stats: Malaysians who have won the Thailand Open title

Badminton holds a significant place in Malaysian culture, being one of the most popular sports in the country. The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) is the governing body responsible for the development of the sport within the country. Historically, Malaysia has had a strong presence in global badminton, with players frequently participating in international events such as the Olympics, the BWF World Championships, and the Thomas Cup. 

Malaysia’s most decorated badminton player is Lee Chong Wei, who was ranked No.1 worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks, and has won numerous titles, including three silver medals each at the Olympics and World Championships. Moreover, a new generation of players, like Lee Zii Jia (men’s singles) and Pearly Tan/ Thinaah Muralitharan (women’s doubles) are also making their mark right now on the international stage. Through continuous support and development, the country continues to contribute highly skilled players to the world of badminton. We will now take a look at the Malaysians who have won the Thailand Open title, one of the renowned badminton tournaments in the world.

Who are the Malaysians who have won the tournament?

1) Yong Hock Kin (Event – Men’s Singles, Year – 2001)

Yong Hock Kin became the Thailand Open champion in 2001 by defeating Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand, 7–8, 5–7, 8–6, 7–1, 7–1. With this, he scripted history becoming the first Malaysian to win a title at the prestigious Thailand Open. Hock Kin had previously won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games 1998 and bronze medal at the Asian Games 1998.

2) Muhammad Hafiz Hashim (Event – Men’s Singles, Year – 2005)

Muhammad Hafiz Hashim clinched his consecutive tournament win as he pulled off an upset win by defeating the top-seeded Kenneth Jonassen from Denmark in the Thailand Open badminton event. The then 22-year-old Hafiz resisted a vigorous attack from the fourth-ranked player in the world to secure a straight-set triumph with the slimmest of scores, 15-13, 15-13, thus claiming the championship. The third-seeded player and ranked ninth globally (then), demonstrated his return to top form by seizing his second title, following a victory at the Swiss Open the previous month.

3) Chan Peng Soon/ Lim Khim Wah (Event – Men’s Doubles, Year – 2009)

Chan Peng Soon and Lim Khim Wah claimed their inaugural senior international victory at the Thailand Open in July 2009, overcoming their fellow countrymen Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah in a thrilling final that ended with a scoreline of 20–22, 21–14, 21–11. However, after a while, the pair decided to split up. Throughout their careers, both players have teamed up with various partners.

4) Tan Kian Meng/ Lai Pei Jing (Event – Mixed Doubles, Year – 2016)

Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing, riding on a wave of strong form, clinched their second title of 2016, winning in the mixed doubles final of the Thailand Open. Demonstrating their prowess as the country’s second-best team, they won the match against Hong Kong’s duo, Tang Chung Man and Tse Ying Suet, with scores of 21-16 and 22-20 in a swift 39-minute game. This victory marked their second win following the Vietnam Open Grand Prix in July and the sixth final appearance since they began their partnership in November the previous year.

5) Lee Zii Jia (Event – Men’s Singles, Year – 2022)

In 2022, Lee Zii Jia clinched the Thailand Open title, overcoming China’s Li Shi Feng in the men’s singles final by 17-21, 21-11, and 23-21. This victory marked a consecutive triumph for the then world No. 6 Zii Jia, following his victory at the Asian Championship in Manila. This represented Zii Jia’s inaugural victory against the then 22-year-old Shi Feng who is also a former Youth Olympic champion, having previously lost to him prior to the Thailand Open. Born in Kedah, Zii Jia collected a prize of US$27,000 (equivalent to RM119,000) for his triumphant performance in the Thailand Open.

Malaysians who have won the Thailand Open title

Edition/ YearEventAthlete (s)
2001Men’s SinglesYong Hock Kin
2005Men’s SinglesMuhammad Hafiz Hashim
2009Men’s DoublesChan Peng Soon/ Lim Khim Wah
2016Mixed DoublesTan Kian Meng/ Lai Pei Jing
2022Men’s SinglesLee Zii Jia

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