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PETALING JAYA: National champion Misbun Ramdan Misbun was unceremoniously knocked out in the second round of the German Open GP Gold in Mulheim yesterday.
The 22-year-old just could not bring out his A game against Japan’s Takuma Ueda, losing 17-21, 16-21.
Ramdan, who also played rather poorly in the Malaysian Open last month, seems to have taken a step back in his development.
As it is, his decision to quit the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to train under his father Misbun Sidek seems to be backfiring as well.
Meanwhile national back-up shuttler Goh Soon Huat also failed to make the grade after losing 19-21, 7-21 to eighth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the second round.
This ends Malaysia’s interest in the men’s singles as Tan Chun Seang and Loh Wei Sheng had crashed out in the first round on Tuesday.
In the men’s doubles, the professional pair of Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock also bowed out tamely, losing 17-21, 17-21 to the English-Scottish combination of Marcus Ellis-Peter Van Rietvelde.
There was, however, some good news in the women’s department when youngster Sonia Cheah came through the qualifying round on Tuesday unscathed.
She defeated Germany’s Lisa Heidenreich 21-10, 21-6 before earning her spot in the main draw after Lithuania’s Akvile Stapusaityte withdrew whilst trailing 19-21, 6-18.
The 19-year-old Sonia, who also reached the second round of the Malaysian Open for her best result in a Super Series event, faces Singapore’s Juan Gu next.
But there was no such luck for Yang Li Lian, who crashed out in the qualifers after losing to Russia’s Natalia Perminova.
In the women’s doubles, world No. 25 Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo had to dig deep before clearing their first round hurdle against Denmark’s Line Damkjaer Kruse-Marie Roepke.
Liu Ying-Yin Loo won 21-15, 12-21, 21-11 and will face either Bulgaria’s Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva or Germany’s Isabel Herttrich-Carla Nelte next.
It was the end of the road for Malaysian youngsters Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, who were soundly thrashed 21-6, 21-12 by China’s Ma Jin-Tang Jinhua.
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