Injured Hafiz pulls out of Swiss Open

PETALING JAYA: An injured Mohd Hafiz Hashim has withdrawn from the Swiss Open.  

The 26-year-old Hafiz, who was to face top seed Lin Dan of China in the first round today, had been advised against competing due to pain on his Achilles tendon.  

The world No. 24, whose hope to feature in his first Olympic Games in Beijing is as good as over, will return home today.  

Canadian's Andrew Dabeka has been promoted from the qualifying tournament to replace Hafiz in the main draw.  

Meanwhile, top national back-up shuttler Tan Chun Seang and the world junior mixed doubles champions Lim Khim Wah-Ng Hui Lin had mixed fortunes in the first round of the qualifying tournament yesterday.  

Chun Seang suffered a shock 15-21, 13-21 defeat by Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic.  

Khim Wah-Hui Lin, however, reached the second round of the qualifiers with a 23-21, 20-22, 21-18 victory over Rohanda Agung-Cynthia Tuwankotta of Switzerland.  

They will play Taiwan’s Tsai Chia-hsin-Cheng Shao-chieh for a place in the tournament proper.

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