TheStar PETALING JAYA: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are pleased with the spectator turnout for the just concluded Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium. Tickets were sold out from the quarter-final stage. The KL Badminton Association secretary, Mohd Abdullah, said: “We put up 3,000 tickets for the quarter-finals. The response was overwhelming and we had to put up about 1,000 more tickets. All the tickets were snapped up. It was the same for the semi-finals.” “On the final day, we sold 3,500 tickets. This does not include the 1,400 pass holders, who included players, officials, media and the guests for all six days.” Malaysia had two quarter-finalists for the men's singles – Lee Chong Wei and Mohd Hafiz Hashim. Also in the fray were three doubles pairs – Chan Chong Ming-Koo Kien Keat, Tan Bin Shen-Ong Soon Hock and Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty. Only Chong Wei advanced to the semi-finals and went on to win the title. The BAM secretary, P. Ganga Rao, said that it had been quite some time that a tournament here had attracted a capcity crowd. “Recent development in badminton here has certainly generated the interest back in the country,” he said. “Badminton is one of the eight core sports funded by the government. The good showing by our players has also got the fans all excited again. We are happy with this.” The tickets were priced at RM10 (quarter-finals), RM15 (semi-finals) and RM20 (final).