Liew Daren reaches first World Tour semi-finals in over a year at Spain Masters


  • Badminton
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2020

PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttler Liew Daren (pic) has continued his gallant run at the Spain Masters to reach his first World Tour semi-finals in 13 months.

The 32-year-old Daren came from behind to beat Denmark's Rasmus Gemke 16-21, 21-17, 21-17 in a 67-minute battle in Barcelona on Friday (Fe 21).

The last time Daren made it this far was at the Malaysian Masters in January last year.

Daren, the world No. 42 will next take on another Dane and top seed Viktor Axelsen.

He will be aiming to reach his first final since finishing runner-up at the Korean Masters in December 2016.

Also through to the last four was world No. 8 Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik.

They faced little trouble in their 21-18, 21-13 win over German duo Mark Lamsfuss-Mervin Seidel to set up a next meeting against world No. 14 Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark.

However, it was the end of the road for Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie in the mixed doubles and Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean in the women's doubles.

Soon Huat-Shevon failed to live up to their top billing, losing 18-21, 18-21 to seasoned Korean opponents Kim Sa-rang-Kim Ha-na.

World No. 15 Mei Kuan-Meng Yean were also a letdown as they were beaten 21-15, 14-21, 19-21 by lower-ranked Chloe Birch-Lauren Smith of England.

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