Liew Daren will miss the upcoming Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold and India Open Superseries events due to a recurring foot injury. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren has withdrawn from two tournaments after an old foot injury acted up again.
The world No. 40 is skipping the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in Pasir Gudang from March 25-30 and the India Open Superseries in New Delhi from April 1-6.
Daren is set to tumble out of the top 50 following his absence from the two tournaments, but he is not too disappointed.
He hopes to make a stronger comeback in the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi from May 18-25.
“I aggravated the injury during the trip to Europe. It’s nothing serious. But rather than adding more pressure on it, I have pulled out from the Malaysia and India Opens,” said the 26-year-old Daren.
Daren, who lost in the German Open quarter-finals and failed to clear the qualifying tournament of the All-England earlier this month, is expected to play the third singles for Malaysia in the Thomas Cup Finals. The other two assured of their places are world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Chong Wei Feng.
The last singles spot will be decided after a selection trials at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara on March 19. Those taking part are two Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) players Iskandar Zulkandar Zainuddin and Goh Soon Huat and five independent shuttlers Misbun Ramdan Misbun, Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Tan Chun Seang and Chan Kwong Beng.
“The priority is the Thomas Cup Finals and I hope to be in good condition,” said Daren.