Tuesday October 16, 2012
Refreshed Daren can’t wait for action in Denmark to get under way
PETALING JAYA: National elite shuttler Liew Daren is refreshed and feeling a lot better after a weekend of rest and treatment.
And the 25-year-old, who retired with a back injury while trailing eventual winner Misbun Ramdan Misbun in the semi-finals of the Pahang Open last week, can’t wait for the action to get under way at the Denmark Open in Odense today.
Daren is also ready to come good in Europe after suffering quarter-final exits at the All-England and Swiss Open.
“I’m a little disappointed after suffering an injury at such a crucial moment (in the Pahang Open) ... but these things happen,” said Daren.
“But there is nothing you can do except to deal with it and try to make up for lost time.
“I had acupuncture treatment last Saturday and I’m feeling a lot better right now.
“I would rate my chances in Denmark as 50-50 ... it will all depend on my back condition on the day. Most importantly, I don’t want the injury to flare up again.”
The lanky KL shuttler, who is ranked 29th in the world, is not really in the best of form, having lost in the early rounds of his last three tournaments – the China Masters, Japan Open and Taiwan Open.
Still, Daren should have enough firepower to overcome his first round opponent – England’s Rajiv Ouseph – and face fifth seed Sho Sasaki of Japan in the second round.
Daren is likely to be up against compatriot and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the last eight.
Malaysia’s third singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng has also recovered from a bout of diarrhoea and will face fourth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the first round.