Auckland: Tuesday was a good day for the former Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) player Daren Liew. The 2012 French Open men’s singles winner needed only 34 minutes to outclass Taiwan’s Liu Wei-chi 21-17, 21-13 in the first round at the New Zealand Open in Auckland.
However, tough path is awaiting Liew in the second round as he will face No. 1 seed Son Wan Ho of Korea on Wednesday.
Another Malaysian men’s singles player Goh Soon Huat went on the rampage on Tuesday by trashing New Zealander Andrew Rouse 21-4, 21-8 in just 16 minutes. Goh will play Yu Jen Chi of Taiwan next.
Malaysia’s mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying will start their opening match against Chang Ko-Chi/Chang Hsin Tien of Taiwan on Wednesday.
In the women’s competition, New Zealanders such as Vicki Copeland, Selena Wu, Christine Zhang and Kelly Stern all advanced through to the main draw of the tournament, while Sally Fu also cruised to the main draw after a bye in the qualifier.