MALAYSIA have put two elite back-up men’s singles players — Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng — in the main draw of the Malaysian Open but three others crashed out in the qualifying tournament yesterday.
Daren beat Thailand’s top junior Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 19-21, 21-19, 21-15 in the first round and had an easy 21-17, 21-11 win over compatriot Vountus Indra Mawan to make the grade.
He will take on Thailand’s number one player Boonsak Ponsana today and it is unlikely that he will advance.
National Championships runner-up Wei Feng, who came into the tournament as a replacement for Indonesian Taufik Hidayat, will take on Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit and he has a better chance of winning the match.
But it was the end of the road for Tan Chung Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Chan Kwong Beng, who are being groomed for the 2012 London Olympics under the charge of Rashid Sidek.
Both Chun Seang and Kwong Beng lost to seasoned campaigner Kuan Beng Hong in the first and second round matches respectively.
Beng Hong faces Ng Wei of Hong Kong in the main draw.
Arif found Taiwanese Hsueh Hsuan-yi too hot to handle and bowed out 17-21, 9-21 in the second round.
Sonia Cheah was the only women’s singles player to clear the qualifying tournament and she has set up a meeting with elder sister Lydia in the first round.
In the men’s doubles, Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Teo Kok Siang, who are one of the new combinations forged by coach Rexy Mainaky, made it to the main draw.
They will take on Super Series Masters Finals champions Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong today.
* Matches involving Malaysians
■ MEN’S SINGLES
First round: Mohd Arif Abdul Latif bt Kuan Kam Chung 21-13, 19-21, 21-13; Hong Ji-hoon (Kor) bt Zulfadli Zulkifli 21-15, 21-14; Vountus Indra Mawan bt Pei Wee Chung 21-14, 21-14; Liew Daren bt Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) 19-21, 21-19, 21-15; Kuan Beng Hong bt Tan Chung Seang 21-15, 21-16; Chan Kwong Beng bt Lok Chong Chieh 21-14, 21-15.
Second round: Hsueh Hsuan-yi (Tpe) bt Arif 21-17, 21-9; Daren bt Vountus 21-17, 21-11; Beng Hong bt Kwong Beng 21-18, 21-7.
■ MEN’S DOUBLES
First round: Rupesh Kumar-Sanave Thomas (Ind) bt Ow Yao Han-Yew Hong Kheng 21-16, 21-14; Chooi Kah Ming-Pang Zheng Lin bt Goh Sze Onn-Tan Wee Tat 21-12, 18-21, 21-16; Rasmus Bonde-Mikkel Delbo Larsen (Den) bt Mohd Syawal Mohd Ismail-Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-12, 21-19; Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Teo Kok Siang bt Vountus Indra Mawan-Ong Soon Hock 21-15, 17-21, 21-18;
Au Kok Leong-Goh Ying Jin bt Goh Jian Hao-Kuan Kam Chung 26-24, 21-19; Hendra Kurniawan Saputra-Hendra Wijaya (Ina) bt Lau Win Hwi-Yeoh Choong Yee 21-10, 21-13; Hong Chieng Hun-Ng Kean Kok bt Shih Kuei-chun-Kuo Ting-hao (Tpe) 21-12, 21-10.
Second round: Rupesh-Sanave bt Kah Ming-Zheng Lin 22-20, 21-19; Lutfi-Kok Siang bt Kok Leong-Ying Jin 21-12, 21-17; Hendri-Hendra bt Chieng Hun-Kean Kok 10-21, 21-18, 21-15.
■ WOMEN’S SINGLES
First round: Yang Li Lian bt Ng Sin Er 21-18, 21-14; Ooi Swee Wern bt Ng Sin Zou 21-6, 21-16; Liu I-chun (Tpe) bt Florah Ng Sew Fong 21-8, 16-21, 21-11.
Second round: Sonia Cheah bt Li Lian 21-13, 21-14; Zhang Beiwen (Sin) bt Tee Jing Yee 21-16, 22-20; Chiang Mei-hui bt Swee Wern 21-16, 21-17.
■ MIXED DOUBLES
First round: Hoon Thien How-Chin Eei Hui bt Candra Wijaya-Li Yujia (Ina-Sin) 21-17, 21-8; Michal Logosz-Nicole Grether (Ger) bt Ow Yao Han-Ong Boon Hui 21-14, 21-13; Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Goh Ying Jin-Haw Chiou Hwee 21-19, 21-12; Mak Hee Chun-Ng Poau Leng bt Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Lim Yin Loo 21-18, 22-20.
Second round: Thien How-Eei Hui bt Hendra Wijaya-Shinta Mulia Sari (Sin) 21-11, 23-21; Peng Soon-Liu Ying bt Logosz-Grether 21-17, 21-18; Hee Chun-Paou Leng bt Lin Yu-lang-Chen Shih-ying (Tpe) 21-7, 21-15.