IT WAS a sad day for Malaysia when Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren and Tan Chun Seang were sent packing in the All-England and it was left to Taiwan’s up-and-coming player Chou Tien-chen to steal the show in the first round at the National Indoor Arena.
Hopes were high on Wei Feng to defy the odds but he was blown away by Denmarks’ Jan O Jorgensen 11-21, 14-21 in 32 minutes.
Daren put up a fighting display before going down to former world champion Chen Jin 15-21, 21-19, 11-21.
It could have been an easy straight-game victory for Chen Jin but Daren made remarkable turnaround halfway in the second game by showing more aggression to force deuce.
In the end, it was all in vain as he lost the rubber 11-21.