KUALA TERENGGANU: There was one upset pulled of by the men's back-up squad players in the Proton National Grand Prix Finals but for coach Rashid Sidek, the outing was still a big disappointment.
On Thursday, 20-year-old Liew Daren turned the tables on Kuan Beng Hong, who eventually withdrew from the tournament due to fever, in a group match.
But a day after the big win, Liew went down to Bukit Jalil Sports School's (BJSS) Lim Fang Yang.
Besides Liew Daren, the others Chong Wei Feng, Lim Kenn and Chong Li Qun were also eliminated from the tournament.
Their performances were inconsistent.
Rashid said he was disappointed with the lack of mental strength among the youngsters.
I was not impressed with any one of them. After winning against Beng Hong, Daren lacked confidence and lost to Fang Yang. The others played well but put undue pressure on themselves, said Rashid.
Their main weakness is their lack of the mental strength. They show great commitment in training but I do not see the same fire in them during competition. Now, I have to keep on motivating them to be brave on the court, he said.
Rashid said the men's singles players would now be heading for the German Open and Bahrain Satellite.
Those making the trip to Germany are Daren, Lim Kenn, Tan Chun Seang and Beryno Wong while Wei Feng and Li Qun will head to Bahrain.