Jeonju: The world number 66 Daren Liew who are anxious to redeem himself at Korea Grand Prix after a recent career slump, suffered an early exit in Jeonju City on Wednesday.
He lost to a young men’s singles player – Lee Cheuk Yiu from Hong Kong 21-12,19-21,18-21 in 52 minutes. Daren’s already struggling career could be in jeopardy after the loss.
Nevertheless, fourth seed Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, eight seed Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and tenth seed Goh Soon Huat managed to progress to the third round respectively.
In women’s singles, disappointments continued for the Malaysian team when second seed Tee Jing Yi was also sent packing by Lee Jang Mi of Korea at the first round of Korea GPG. She simply had no answer and the home shuttler quickly closed out the match 21-13, 21-8 in just 34 minutes. Lim Yin Fun and Lim Chiew Sien also joined the list of casualties in the women’s singles category. Yang Li Lian was the sole women’s singles survivor after defeated Hu Ling Fang of Taipei 21-19, 21-11.
Meanwhile, unseeded Vivian Hoo-Ng Hui Lin shocked seventh seeds Choi Hye In-Kim Ha Na of South Korea 21-10, 13-21, 21-12 in the women’s doubles opener. However, Vivian Hoo’s long time partner Woon Khe Wei and Lim Yin Loo failed to reach the second round after losing to Chae Yoo Jung-Kim Ji Won of South Korea 21-17, 11-21, 9-21.