PETALING JAYA: Liew Daren is ready to juggle two roles as participant and coach within the Malaysian Open however he’s wonderful with it.
The world No. 31 that Daren will information fellow impartial males’s singles shuttler and world No. 2 Lee Zii Jia and also will compete as a match participant beginning tomorrow on the Axiata Area.
Zii Jia is at present and not using a coach after parting methods with Indonesian Indra Wijaya final November.
And Daren, who was promoted to the primary draw from the reserve checklist after Japan’s Kento Momota pulled out, will step in and take his place on the teaching bench behind Zii Jia.
“It is a new expertise for me to be a participant and coach in the identical match,” Daren stated.
“For now, the plan is for me to observe Zii Jia and in addition information her in her subsequent tournaments. I hope I may help Zii Jia effectively. I additionally hope that our video games is not going to conflict,” stated Daren.
Daren just isn’t wanting past his first-round match in opposition to world No. 23 Toma Junior in France.
“I’ve not set any goal for myself as a result of this match is a Tremendous 1000 occasion and can be very powerful. I simply need to give attention to the primary spherical in opposition to Toma,” stated Daren.
The Malaysian has the benefit over the Frenchman as he has led of their earlier two encounters on the 2022 All-England and 2019 Swiss Open.
If Daren makes it three wins in a row, he’ll in all probability face prime seed and scorching favourite Viktor Axelsen of Denmark within the second spherical.
In the meantime, Zii Jia faces a tricky opening match in opposition to Japan’s rising star and world No. 7 Kodai Naraoka.
The previous is making ready himself for an intense match with an extended rally.
“For those who see Kodai’s earlier matches, he prefers to play lengthy rallies. Lots of his matches lasted over an hour, so I ready myself for a robust combat, stated Zii Jia.
“I even have to remain affected person as a result of his protection is excellent.”