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What's next Daren?

Congratulations to national shuttler Liew Daren (pic from BWF) who finally netted his first international at the French Open over the weekend.

Daren defeated Danish player Viktor Axelsen 21-18, 21-17 in the men's singles final.

So what is next for Daren?

To immediately expect Daren to fill the shoes of top national player Lee Chong Wei is somewhat foolish. After all, this is only the beginning and consistency is key.

Nevertheless, NST's Ajitpal Singh had this to say;

Although none of the top five ranked shuttlers were in Paris, Daren's achievement should not be written off as a fluke as he did beat several other established players for the title.

Read his full article here.

True and it is only fair for the stakeholders and fans to motivate him further to gun more honours. After all, Peter Gade's retirement not too long ago may ignite a domino effect among the other 'aging' stars including Taufik Hidayat, Chong Wei, Lin Dan. With their absences, he could be in a better position although the likes of Chen Long, Chen Jin and Simon Santoso could still threaten his badminton adventure.

So what is next for Daren? Will he finally receive special attention or will it he be just another shuttler within the national stable?

I'm sure the coaches have plans for him. Let's now keep close tabs and hope that Daren would finally join the ranks of the elite group.

And it is certainly hoped that THE BEST players represent the country - regardless of their association to any party.

HD says: Once again, congratulations!


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