Injury setback ends Tze Yong's Swiss Open bid

KUALA LUMPUR: World No 26 Ng Tze Yong will not see action for a week after picking up an injury in the Swiss Open yesterday.

With the latest development, the 22-year-old will not feature in next week's Spain Masters.

It was a sad end to Tze Yong's campaign in the men's singles in Basel when he had to bow out in his quarter-final battle against Taiwanese ace Chou Tien Chen.

After losing the first game 21-11 and trailing 2-0 in the second, the 22-year-old felt he was not in an a good condition to continue playing.

An inner thigh hamstring strain forced him to pull out after losing the first game 21-11 and trailing 2-0 in the second.

Tze Young who is expected to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics, now needs to take a step back to recover from the injury.

"Tze Yong will be out for one week due to a thigh strain," said the BA of Malaysia in a statement today.

National singles coaching director Wong Choong Hann revealed that Tze Yong picked up a hamstring injury and had to retire from the match.

"He has an inner thigh hamstring strain. It was swollen and became painful for him during lunges, making it difficult for him to retrieve drop shots," said Choong Hann.

Meanwhile, fast-improving mixed doubles pair Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei can stand tall despite crashing out of the Swiss Open in Basel.

World No 28 Tang Jie-Ee Wei, who were paired together in November, fought tooth-and-nail against Dutch pair Robin Tabeling-Selena Piek before bowing out 21-19, 19-21, 21-19 in the last eight.

"We are quite sad. We tried our best on the court. We chased all the way but could not win the match," said a dejected Ee Wei

"Overall, we did well and will learn from this ahead of upcoming tournaments."

Tang Jie-Ee Wei will next play in the Orleans Open in France from April 4-9.

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