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Malaysia Masters 2019: Newly-Signed Son Wan Ho leads Team Yonex Sweep!

21 January 2019

Kuala Lumpur — It was an outstanding showing for #TeamYonex at this year’s Malaysia Masters, as they performed a clean sweep of all five categories, taking home gold in each, as well as three silvers.

Son Wan Ho of Korea — whose national team signed with Yonex on the first of this month — carried the momentum of a strong finish to the 2018 season to claim his first title of 2019. Ho defeated World No. 4 Chen Long (CHN) in straight sets, 21-17, 21-19.

In women’s singles, Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon defended her win at last year’s Malaysian Masters against World Champion Carolina Marin (ESP). After Intanon breezed through the first set, Marin fought her way back in the second and very nearly forced a third game. But the Thai superstar was in top form and wouldn’t be denied, winning 21-9, 22-20.

High-flying men’s doubles pair Kevin S. Sukamuljo and Marcus F. Gideon (INA) don’t show any signs of slowing after their red hot 2018 season. The World No. 1s rolled past Malysia’s Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, 21-15, 21-16.

Meanwhile, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan, who also enjoyed an outstanding 2018 season and sit atop the women’s doubles world rankings, proved too much to handle for Indonesia’s Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu. Though they showed a rare moment of vulnerability and dropped the first game, the Japanese returned to form in the second and 
sealed the victory 18-21, 21-16, 21-16.

Japan had another victory in mixed doubles from Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino. They came from behind in two straight games to best Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, 21-18, 21-18.

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