Basel: Facing Anand Pawar of India in the second round of Swiss Open, Malaysian shuttler Daren Liew took an early lead as he broke the 16th seed to win the first set at 21-13.
But the Malaysian 28-year-old could not seal the match when he was standing on the edge of victory at 20-16 in the second set, as Daren suddenly lost his focus, gave up 4 match points to allow Anand Pawar rallied from behind to win the second set 22-20 and to force a decider.
After winning the moral-boosting second set, Anand Pawar took that momentum into the deciding third set where he led all the way after the interval to clinch the decider with 21-16.
In other men’s singles matches, reigning Malaysia national champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli saw off Lucas Claerbout to advance to the third round. However, luck was not on Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif’s side when the Malaysian shuttler has to retire from the match after Viktor Axelsen of Denmark was leading 14-5 in the second set.
Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying who have not been playing together in nearly a year following Goh Liu Ying’s knee surgery early last May, had little trouble bypassing Taiwan’s Wu Hsiao-lin/Hsieh Pei-chen 21-13, 21-13 in mixed doubles first round at the Swiss Open.
“Today was a good start for us, and our opponents were not too strong either. However we still have a lot of room for improvement in our game,” said Goh Liu Ying.
Meanwhile, even though Malaysia’s promising men’s doubles pair Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem were far from their best, it was all smiles at the end of the day after their hard-fought win over German pair Raphael Beck/Andreas Heinz 21-19, 18-21, 21-11.