PETALING JAYA: There was no happy return to Europe for Liew Daren.
The 33-year-old, a semi-finalist at the Spain Masters last year, bowed out in the first round of the Swiss Open in Basel yesterday.
Daren lost 12-21,16-21 to sixth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen in what was a battle of two World Championships bronze medallists.
Kantaphon had fond memories at the St. Jakobshalle two years ago as this was where he created history as the first Thai to secure a men’s singles podium in the world meet.
In the men’s doubles, world No. 15 Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi were unimpressive as they struggled to stave off a challenge from unheralded Americans Phillip Chew-Ryan Chew.
Yew Sin-Ee Yi needed to bounce back from one game down to win 21-23,21-12,21-12 in 45 minutes, more than half the time they took in their previous victory over the same opponents at the Thailand Open I two months ago.
Then, they outclassed the Chew brothers 21-17,21-7 in just 22 minutes.