KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian professional shuttler Liew Daren continued his smashing performance by advancing to the last four of the Taiwan Masters Grand Prix Badminton Championship held at the Hsing Chuang Gymnasium in Taipei, today.
The 29-year-old, who is a former national shuttler, whitewashed Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia; winning in 11-8, 11-3 and 11-2 in the quarterfinals of the tournament which uses the 11 points scoring format, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) website;www.bwfbadminton.org.
Daren will meet the hosts shuttler Lin Yu Hsien in the semifinals tomorrow. Lin, the fifth seed, defeated compatriot Hsueh Hsuan Yi;11-6, 6-11,11-6 and 11-6 in another quarterfinals match.
Another ex-national player, Tan Chun Seang, however, was knocked out from the tournament after losing 11-6, 4-11, 15-13, 5-11 and 9-11 to the top seed, Hsu Jen Hao of Taiwan.
Two national women’s doubles pair also made it to the last four after edging out their respective opponents.
Unseeded pair Lim Yin Loo/Yap Cheng Wen pulled off a suprise after knocking out the second seeds, Poon Lok Yan/Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong;11-5, 11-9 and 11-4 while Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean scored a hard-fought 15-14,13-11, 9-11, 9-11 and 11-9 win against Ayako Sakuramoto/Yukiko Takahata of Japan.
The country’s challenge in the women’s singles,however, fizzled out after the only player left standing, Tee Jing Yi, the second seed, lost 6-11, 7-11 and 6-11 to fifth seeded Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.
For the record, Malaysia’s challenge in the men’s doubles ended yesterday after the only pair left standing, Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub/Jagdish Singh lost in the second round.
Malaysia did not send any representatives in the mixed doubles event in the tournament which offers total prize money of US$55,000 (RM230,715). – BERNAMA