Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Daren Liew march on at China Masters

Daren Liew is clearly in better shape than few months ago. (photo: GettyImages)

Jiangsu: Malaysian shuttlers Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Daren Liew led the Malaysian squad into the third round of the China Masters Grand Prix Gold in Jiangsu, China on Wednesday.Daren Liew is clearly in better shape than few months ago. (photo: GettyImages)

Zainuddin saw off young Chinese shuttler Zhu Siyuan 21-19, 21-19 in 41 minutes to set up a third round battle with No. 8 seed Lee Dong Keun on Thursday.

Daren Liew who quit Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) at the end of January, showed great resilience to fight back from a set down to beat another Chinese shuttler Ye Binghong 21-18, 16-21, 21-15 in an enthralling 1 hour second round encounter. Liew will take on No. 7 seed H. S. Prannoy of India next.

Also moving into the next round were Malaysia’s top mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying who fought back from 15-19 in the second set to down Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara of Japan in straight sets, 21-18, 23-21. Malaysian young mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing also beat Riky Widianto/Puspita Richi Dili of Indonesia in 15-21, 21-18, 21-11. Chan/Goh will play Chinese qualifiers Zhu Junhao/Zhou Chaomin on Thursday while Tan/Lai face Terry Hee/Tan Wei Han of Singapore for a quarter-final berth.

Malaysia’s top women’s pair Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei easily knocked off Guo Xuyi/Liu Huijie 21-12 and 21-9 in 25 minutes and will cross words with Huang Dongping/Zhong Qianxin of China next.

The independent men’s doubles pair Hoon Thien How/Teo Kok Siang from Malaysia needed only 33 minutes to dispatch Shang Kai Lin/Lu Ching Yao 21-19, 21-15, to set up a second round meeting with He Jiting/Tan Qiang of China.


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