BIRMINGHAM: It would have been a gloomy start for Malaysian badminton had it not been for Misbun Ramdan Misbun in the first qualifying round of the All-England.
The 23-year-old Misbun, competing in the All-England for the first time, produced a superb performance to beat the experienced Joachim Persson of Denmark 21-16, 18-21, 21-8 on Tuesday.
“This is my first time competing in the All-England and the first time I’ve faced Joachim, who is really experienced. So, naturally, I was a little excited and nervous,” said 2012 national champion Ramdan, who showed good trickery and excellent court coverage en route to the victory.
“Joachim has played in the Thomas Cup before and is more familiar with these kind of situations ... I’m happy to beat him.