Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Singles misery complete with Mohd Arif’s exit in All-England qualifiers

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s challenge in the All-England men’s singles event is over even before the tournament proper started.

On Tuesday, 25-year-old Mohd Arif Abdul Latif went down fighting to German Open runner-up Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia 21-18, 15-21, 18-21 in a 59-minute first round match of the qualifying tournament at Birmingham.

Arif was the sole representative in the tournament following the withdrawals of Chong Wei Feng and Zulfadli Zulkiffli.

Wei Feng withdrew because of a leg injury while reigning national champion Zulfadli pulled out because of viral fever.

With Arif’s exit, Malaysia will not have a men’s singles representative in the tournament proper of the prestigious event for the first time in four decades.

In the women’s singles, Malaysia’s independent shuttler Payee Lim Peiy Yee collapsed with a 14-21, 8-21 defeat to England’s Fontaine Mica Chapman in the first round of the qualifiers.

In the mixed doubles, Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing have been promoted to the main draw and will take on Kim Gi-jung-Chan Shin-seung of South Korea in the first round.

The other Malaysians to open their campaign on Wednesday are top men’s doubles shuttlers Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and women’s doubles shuttlers Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo and Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho.

by Rajes Paul - The Star

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