KUALA LUMPUR: A plan is under way to toughen up back-up men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren.
And world number one Lee Chong Wei has been asked to help turn “softie” Daren into a tough nut.
National coach Tey Seu Bock believes Daren has the potential to take over Chong Wei’s place in the future.
“Daren is not tough enough on court. He has to change his attitude and be more aggressive like Chong Wei,” said Seu Bock.
“I want him to pick up some positive traits from Chong Wei like playing with more confidence,” added Seu Bock.
Daren has shown improvement in his game over the last few months. The only thing lacking is that he does not strike fear into his opponents.
In the Taiwan Open a week ago, Daren pulled off a stunning win over third seeds Lee Hyun-il of South Korea in the second round.
But hours later, he went down tamely to Thai youngster Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.
His mixed fortunes in Taiwan saw him moving up eight rungs from 53rd to 45th in the world – his best ranking in his career so far.
“Chong Wei is really committed to help Daren. If Daren continues with his determination to change for the better, I believe he has a chance to challenge for a medal at the Indonesia SEA Games in December,” said Seu Bock.