KUALA LUMPUR: Liew Daren and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif are in danger of losing their places in the Thomas Cup squad for the Finals in Wuhan in May.
The back-up shuttlers did not get a very favourable evaluation when the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching and training committee, headed by chairman Ng Chin Chai, met yesterday to review the performance of the team, who assured a ticket for the Finals by reaching the semi-finals at the Asian Zone qualfiers in Macau.
To make matters worse, Daren and Arif, who were the first and second seeds in the ongoing Selangor Open, crashed out in the third round and quarter-finals respectively at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday.
Daren went down 19-21, 13-21 to Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayup while Arif lost 12-21, 21-15, 22-24 to Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin.
However, Azriyn’s gallant run came to an end when he went down fighting before losing 21-19, 14-21, 15-21 to Chong Wei Feng.
Former Asian Junior runner-up Iskandar continued his fine form to reach his first Open final with another fantastic 11-21, 21-18, 21-19 win over his senior Chan Kwong Beng.