ALL ENGLAND: Malaysian falls to Chen Jin despite fightback
WORLD No 12 Liew Daren and compatriot Chong Wei Feng failed to spark on the opening day of the All England as Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat bade farewell to the tournament in Birmingham yesterday.
Daren, the French Open champion and quarter-finalist of last year's All England, was ousted in the first round, losing 21-15, 19-21, 21-11 to China's World No 5 Chen Jin in 65 minutes.
But credit has to be given to Daren for his outstanding display in the second game as the Malaysian fought back 18-19 down and earned three straight points to force a third game.
Daren, who is the second highest ranked local player after World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, showed great fighting qualities but lacked the touches to finish off his experienced opponent.
Wei Feng, who achieved his career-high ranking of 17 on Feb 21, was no match for Danish shuttler Jan O Jorgensen as the World No 10 won 21-11, 21-14 in under one-hour.
Taufik, the former Olympic and world champion, who will retire after the Indonesia Open later this year, struggled as he was comprehensively beaten 21-16, 21-11 by Japan's Sho Sasaki.
The Indonesian had wanted to make an impact on the tournament in his last appearance but was no match for his opponent. Taufik has never won in Birmingham, reaching the final twice in 1999 and 2000.
National singles coach Rashid Sidek said Daren should have done better while Wei Feng played below-par yesterday.
"Daren was not patient at times but showed nerves of steel to win the second game. His opponent, Chen Jin used all his experience to subdue him in the third game," said Rashid yesterday.
"As for Wei Feng, the shuttler could not handle the fast attacking game of Jorgensen. He tried to play longer rallies but the Dane was well-prepared to handle the situation."
A disappointed Wei Feng, a semi-finalist in the Taiwan Open and the China Open, had wanted to prove his mettle as an upcoming shuttler.
"I could not find my rhythm throughout the match. I really wanted to go beyond the first round here but Jorgensen was just too good today (yesterday)," he said.
Independent shuttler Tan Chun Seang, who defeated German Dieter Domke and former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkifli in the qualifiers on Tuesday, lost 21-12-15-21, 21-15 to eighth seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam.
Chong Wei, meanwhile, has a clear path to the final following the surprise defeat of third seed Du Pengyu.
The two-time champion was drawn to meet the World No 3 in the semi-finals but the Chinese shuttler lost 21-17, 10-21, 21-18 to unseeded Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen while Olympic women singles champion Li Xuerui was also ousted in the first round.
RESULTS (Malaysia in bold) -- Men's singles, 1st rd: Nguyen Tien Minh (Vie) bt Tan Chun Seang 21-12, 15-21, 21-15; Chen Long (Chn) bt Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) 18-21, 21-10, 21-15; Jan O Jorgensen (Den) bt Chong Wei Feng 21-11, 21-14; Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) bt Hu Yun (Hkg) 21-16, 11-21, 23-21; Tommy Sugirto (Ina) bt Gao Huan (Chn) 21-14, 21-13; Sho Sasaki (Jpn) bt Taufik Hidayat (Ina) 21-16, 21-11;
Chou Tien Chen (Tai) bt Du Pengyu (Chn) 21-17, 10-21, 21-18; Chen Yuekun (Chn) bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 21-16, 12-21, 21-11; Kenichi Tago bt Viktor Axelsen (Den) 22-20, 21-15; Chen Jin (Chn) bt Liew Daren 21-15, 19-21, 21-11.
Doubles: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong bt Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis (Eng) 21-19, 24-22; Chan Peng Soon- Goh Liu Ying bt Chalardchaleam Patiphat-Amitrapai Savitree (Tha) 12,21, 21-15, 21-11;
Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari bt Peter Kaesbauer-Josche Zurwonne (Ger) 21-11 20-22 21-10; Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) bt Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra (Ina) 21-18, 21-19; Ricky Karanda Suwardi-Muhammad Ulinnuha (Ina) bt Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (Chn) w/o.
Women's singles: Bae Yeon Ju (Kor) bt Li Xuerui (Chn) 21-18, 21-18; Eriko Hirose (Jpn) bt Michelle Li (Can) 21-19, 11-21, 21-14; Sung Ji Hyun (Kor) bt Petya Nedelcheva (Bul) 21-15, 21-14.
Doubles: Vivian Hoo Kah Mun-Woon Khe Wei bt Emelie Lennartsson-Emma Wengberg (Swe) 21-11 21-13; Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Ng Hui Ern-Ng Hui Lin 21-15, 21-16; Choi Hye In-Kim So Young (Kor) bt Gebby Ristiyani Imawan-Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah (Ina) 21-17, 21-13; Eva Lee-Paula Lynn Obanana (US) bt Narissapat Lam-Saralee Thoungthongkam (Tha) 21-17, 21-18.
Mixed doubles: Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo bt Akshay Dewalkar-Pradnya Gadre 21-8 21-13; Ahmad Tontowi-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) bt Michael Fuchs-Birgit Michels (Ger) 21-10, 21-15; Chen Hung Ling-Lu Chia Bin (Tai) bt Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock 21-12, 21-12; Xu Chen-Ma Jin (Chn) bt Chris Adcock-Gabrielle White (Eng) 21-14, 21-18; Markis Kido-Pia Zebadiah Berndeth (Ina) bt Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 12-21, 21-19, 23-21.