Kuala Lumpur: It’s been a wild ride at the 2014 Sabah Open since Wednesday, after several fan-favorite have been knocked out of the competition.
The first shock came on Wednesday when former Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) player Tan Chun Seang retired from his opening men’s singles match to 18-year-old junior shuttler Soong Joo Ven.
Former national champion Misbun Ramdan Misbun who suffered an archille tendon injury since September, also lost his comeback bid to another young player Cheam June Wei of the BAM 19-21, 15-21 in 35 minutes on day 1 of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Nusa Mahsuri’s shuttler Mohd Ziyad Tahad who was training under Misbun Ramdan Misbun ‘s father Misbun Sidek, celebrated his first round in style by sending 2013 Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi packing 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 in 64 minutes. Ziyad, however, went down to Sabah’s Winson Neo Vui Min in the second round with 15-21, 19-21 in 40 minutes.
The upset parade continued on second day of Sabah Open when 20-year-old unseeded Chong Yee Han punched his ticket to quarter-finals of Sabah Open after he won a hard-fought match against world number 62 Mohd Arif Abdul Latif 17-21, 21-12, 21-15 in 51 minutes.
In the quarter-finals, Lim Chi Wing who won the Bangladesh Open International Challenge last Sunday will keep the pressure on BAM player Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, while Goh Giap Chin will take on Kuan Kam Chung.