Liew Daren
Daren Polish-es up his game ahead of Maybank Malaysian Open

He was down but he never gave up. Even when he was criticised for not delivering, the 27-year-old Daren Liew continued to press on. His efforts finally paid off when he claimed the recent Polish Open. The victory cold be the perfect morale booster for the singles shuttler ahead of the prestigious Maybank Malaysian Open Premier Series.
Skipper of the Thomas Cup team, Daren last won a BWF title in 2012 at the French Open. Instead of building on that victory, Daren’s career hit a dry patch. There were many who questioned his failures but with the solid support from his parents and relatives and especially the BAM coaches, he continued to battle on. 
Daren must be glad he did not give up as he claimed the 41st Yonex Polish Open in Arlamow on Saturday. He defeated Denmark’s Ernil Holst 21-15, 21-11 in the final.

Many hope that this latest success will be the turning point for Daren who will have to go through the qualifying rounds of the Maybank Malaysian Open in order to make the main draw. he will face Indonesia’s Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka in the qualifiers. The tournament which carries a USD500,000 prize money will be played at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from March 21-April 5.

With Datuk Lee Chong Wei missing out, fans will be hoping that Daren will be fired up by his recent win to serve up a sensational surprise at the Putra Stadium.
“My win in Poland has given me the confidence to face the Malaysian Open challenge. It won’t be easy but I am ready to fight. This is a big tournament on home turf and I am motivated to keep Malaysia’s flag flying,” says Daren, who will face either Malaysian Mohd Arif Abdul Latif or Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov if he gets past Dionysius.
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