Liew Daren suffered another blow to his career when he lost to India's P. Kashyap in the quarter-finals of the men's singles event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Friday. - Filepic
GLASGOW: Malaysian shuttler Liew Daren suffered a big blow in his Commonwealth Games debut when his campaign in the men’s singles and doubles ended in contrasting fashions.
On Friday, Daren went down meekly to India’s P. Kashyap 13-21, 14-21 in the quarter-finals at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
Hopes were high on Daren to turn the tables on the top Indian player but the Malaysian was simply outclassed.
Without any outstanding results to show for at the Games, it will be difficult for him to justify his inclusion in next month’s Incheon Asian Games squad.
The 27-year-old Daren admitted that Kashyap was just too good.
“I was flat out. He was faster than me and read my game very well,” said a dejected Daren.
“I need some time to think about how I can improve myself in training.
“I admit that it’s going to be difficult now to win a place in the Asian Games squad.”
Daren represented the country at the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010.
With Daren out, Malaysia’s hopes in the men’s singles event in Glasgow will rest solely on the shoulders of Chong Wei Feng.
Top seed Wei Feng, however, has a tough quarter-final match against R.M.V Gurusaidutt of India.
Daren, however, performed slightly better in the men’s doubles.
On Thursday, Daren-Chan Peng Soon gave second seeds Chris Langridge-Peter Mills of England a run for their money before going down 19-21, 16-21 in the third round.
Asked if he is ready to switch to playing in the men’s doubles, Daren said: “I think it was fun playing in the doubles as we did not fare too badly. But I’m not planning to play doubles after this. I’m still focused on the men’s singles.”
With Daren-Peng Soon out, Malaysia’s challenge in the men’s doubles will be led by the unseeded Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem.
Wee Kiong-V Shem made it to the quarter-finals after disposing of India’s Pranaav Chopra-Akshay Dewalkar 21-13, 21-14.
The Malaysians will take on Robbin Middleton-Ross Smith of Australia next and should make it to Saturday’s semi-finals, where they are likely to come up against top seeds Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis of England.
And that could very well be the match of the day.
There was good news for Malaysia in the women’s doubles on Friday when second seeds Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo became the first pair to check into the semi-finals.
They will take on the winners of the match between England’s Gabrielle Adcock-Lauren Smith and Alexandra Bruce-Phyllis Chan for a place in the final.
Unseeded mixed doubles pair Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing continued with their fine form in Glasgow by marching into the semi-finals.
They came from the brink of defeat to stun second seeds Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo of Singapore 21-8, 17-21, 21-19 late Friday night.
It was a second time in a week that they have beaten the Singaporean pair.
The Malaysians will take on England's Chris Langridge-Heather Olver for a place in the final.
Said a disappointed Danny: "They may be a new pair but they are bold and dare to take risks. It was very close in the decider.
"We always take the lead but they always keep coming back. They prevailed in the end."