KUALA LUMPUR: No one can take the credit away from world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei for winning a record ninth Malaysian Open title on Sunday although badminton giants China did not send their best line-up.
But it was sad to note that despite a weakened field, none of the local men’s singles back-up shuttlers stepped up and be counted.
Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif failed miserably.
Daren lacked punch in his loss to Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen while Wei Feng and Arif could not even take a game off Indonesian veteran Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Japan’s Kenichi Tago respectively.
Independent players – Misbun Ramdan Misbun, Zulfadli Zulkifli and Tan Chun Seang – had mixed fortunes. Ramdan, who left the BAM set-up on Jan 9, did not make the main draw while Chun Seang and Zulfadli did not clear the opening round.