Liew Daren has only one regret after calling time on his 12-year career with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
The 28-year-old tendered his resignation to BAM last week and the world No. 102 shuttler is expected to leave the national set-up after the Malaysian Masters in Penang next week.
“I felt that the time is right for me to go. My form has not been great of late and a lot of juniors have also stepped up,” said Daren.
“I consulted my coaches and they advised me to make my own decision.
“Having been part of BAM since I was 16, I’ve gone through a lot.
“Winning the French Open was definitely the highlight of my career, while the lowest was losing in the Thomas Cup final two years ago.
“But I’m not done playing badminton yet. I’m still looking to continue playing as a professional … I’ll sort out my future soon.”
His decision makes sense as he has never regained the form that saw him achieve a career high ranking of No. 10 in the world in 2013.
Although he is the only Malaysian after world No. 5 Lee Chong Wei to have won a Superseries title, the French meet in 2012, Daren has often struggled for form and fitness over the past two years.