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The Malaysian men's singles shuttlers had mixed fortunes on the opening day of the Thailand Open in Bangkok yesterday.
National men's singles coach Misbun Sidek has thrown a challenge to youngster Chan Kwong Beng to raise his game to a new height in the US$120,000 Thailand Open, which begins today in Bangkok with the qualifying tournament.
Inspired by his recent back-to-back international victories, national back-up shuttler Tan Chun Seang has vowed to give Chen Jin of China a run for his money in the Thailand Open from July 3-8.
The future looks promising for Malaysian badminton in the men's single if the performances of the juniors in Vietnam International Challenge and just concluded Asian Satellite Open tournament are of any indication.
Top seeded Malaysian Roslin Hashim cruised into the second round with an easy 21-17, 21-5 win over Thai youngster Suppanyu Avihingsanon but it was tough going for junior Chan Kwong Beng in the Asian Satellite Open on Wednesday.
The men's doubles pair of Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and national number one men's singles player Lee Chong Wei reached the quarter-finals of the Pahang Open in contrasting styles at the Sukpa Hall in Kuantan last night.
National men's doubles pair Chan Chong Ming-Hoon Thien How stayed on track for their first international title when they reached the quarter-finals of the US$80,000 German Open in Mulheim.
National men's back-up shuttler Liew Daren stole the show on the opening day of the US$80,000 German Open when he pulled off his first upset in an international tournament at Mulheim yesterday.
In his heyday, veteran Wong Choong Hann beat all the Chinese players. All but one - Lin Dan. And where he failed all those years ago, Choong Hann is hoping to succeed at the age of 30.
A change of guard is set to take place in the men's singles department of the national team following insipid performances by several senior shuttlers in the Proton National Grand Prix Finals, which ended here on Sunday.