KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s doubles shuttler Woon Khe Wei is banking on the German touch to do wonders for her in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold and All-England tournaments.
Khe Wei, who came out of an ankle injury last year, has been depending on the faithful service of National Sports Institute (NSI) physiotherapist Sandra Fiedler from Germany to maintain her condition ahead of the two big events in Europe.
The 23-year-old Khe Wei will be partnering Vivian Hoo in the German Open Grand Prix Gold starting on Wednesday and the All-England in Birmingham from March 4-9.
KUALA LUMPUR: A lot is at stake for singles shuttler Liew Daren when he takes part in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold in Mulheim from Feb 25-March 2 and the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham.
A good showing in these Europe tournaments will strengthen his position as one of the members of the team for the Thomas Cup Finals in May in New Delhi. It will restore his self-confidence and it will also stop his world ranking from slipping further.
Based on the draw for the German Open released on Tuesday and in the absence of players from China in the tournament, world No. 36 Daren has a good chance to redeem himself.
Daren, who is the only Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) singles player going for the GP Gold, has been drawn in the same quarter as third-seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong and 11th seed Rajiv Ouseph of England.