Filepic of Malaysian singles shuttler Liew Daren in a local tournament in January.
KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Liew Daren will be returning to action after battling illness for almost two months.
Daren has been picked for the Taiwan Open from July 14-19 together with Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng, Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Tan Chun Seang, Goh Soon Huat, Soo Teck Zhi and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in the men’s singles event.
He was down with dengue and then pneumonia last month.
Daren’s last international tournament was the Singapore Open in April. Then, he lost to Ajay Jayaram of India in the opening round.
“I missed a few tournaments because of illness. I am alright now. I am back in training and I am looking forward to the Taiwan Open,” said Daren, whose world ranking has plunged to 85th.
The Taiwan Open is only a Grand Prix Gold tournament, but it has attracted all the world’s top players. China’s world No. 1 Chen Long and Lin Dan and Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark will be taking part.
“It is like a Superseries tournament. The competition will be crazy,” said Daren, who is striving to make the cut for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.
But to do that, he has to start winning titles and play in more Superseries tournaments to collect valuable ranking points.
It has been a year of mixed fortunes for Daren on the international stage. His only success was winning the Polish Open International Challenge in March.
The other Malaysians named for the Taiwan Open are Lyddia Cheah, Sannatasah Saniru, Lim Yin Fun, Lim Chiew Sien, Julia Wong (women’s singles); Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, Tan Boon Heong-Koo Kien Keat, Hoon Thien How-Lim Khim Wah, Jagdish Singh-Roni Tan Wee Leong, Ow Yao Han-Chooi Kah Ming (men’s doubles); Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Joyce Choong Wai Chi-Yap Cheng Wen (women’s doubles) and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Tan Chee Tean-Shevon Lai Jemie, Wong Fai Yin-Chow Mei Kuan (mixed doubles).
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