Singapore's top men's singles shuttler Derek Wong ended his campaign at the OUE Singapore Open on Tuesday afternoon, after going down 13-21, 16-21 to Malaysia's Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif in the second round of the men's singles qualifiers.
Wong, the world No. 42, had earlier battled past Indonesia's Fikri Ihsandi Hadmadi in his opening match in the morning. He came back from a game down to win 13-21, 21-17, 21-19 then.
Said Wong: "It's disappointing because Arif has been my rival for quite a few years. He's a very steady player and controlled me at the net."
He had made it through qualifiers last year before losing in the second round.
In the women's singles qualifiers, an off-colour Liang Xiaoyu went down 19-21, 10-21 to Indonesia's Susanto Yulia Yosephin.
A light-headed Liang, who look visibly weak in the second game of the match, sought medical treatment immediately after her loss. She said she was feeling dizzy and unable to see the shuttlecock clearly on court.
Other Singaporeans in action on Tuesday include Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo, the world No. 17 mixed doubles pair, in the evening.