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National back-up squad's men's singles shuttlers Liew Daren and Chan Kwong Beng stole the show by scoring upset wins to reach the semi-finals of the National Grand Prix Finals for the first time at the Kedah Badminton Association (KBA) Hall in Alor Star Wednesday.
Singles shuttler Liew Daren is the weakest of the four elite back-up players under the charge of national chief coach Rashid Sidek.
Youngster Mohd Arif Abdul Latif may have earned his first appearance in the National Grand Prix Finals but he will be hard pressed to make it past the group stages of the championships.
It's the battle for a place in the men's singles final against national and world number one Lee Chong Wei in the Johor Open badminton championships that is generating more interest.
Singles shuttlers Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong are in vulnerable positions as far as their status in the national team is concerned.
All hopes will be on the youngest Sidek brother - Rashid - to overcome the lack of quality men's singles players in the national team.