Adrian Liu and Derrick Ng celebrate a win.

Adrian Liu almost takes second straight title in Orlando

Adrian Liu barely had time to wipe the sweat from his brow at the Pan-Am Badminton Championships before he was whisked to Orlando.

Adrian Liu barely had time to wipe the sweat from his brow at the Pan-American Badminton Championships in Markham, Ontario before he was whisked away to Orlando, Florida last week for the Yonex USA International Challenge.

There, the Rupertite Liu and men’s doubles partner Derrick Ng almost won their second straight tournament in as many weeks but fell to the Japanese tandem of Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi in the finals.

To get there, Liu and Ng faced off against their fellow Canadian men’s double pairing of Francois Bourret and Pierre-Etienne Pilote in the first round Thursday and defeated the two, 21-6, 21-17.

On Friday, their opponents were France’s Marin Baumann and Lucas Claerbout. The Canadians felled that pairing by a closer 21-15, 21-15 in the quarter-finals.

Liu and Ng then combatted Mexican doubles partners Job Castillo and Antonio Ocegueda, who never got past the 11-point mark against the Canadians and fell 21-11, 21-10.

Overall, the duo scored 162 points while giving up 118 with a 6-2 game record in a 3-1 W-L match record.

Liu is now ranked fourth in the Americas with the points he’s been racking up in the many tournaments he’s competed in – most recently including the Pan-Am championships and the world championships in Denmark back in August.

Next up for the Richmond resident is the 2014 Scottish Open in Glasgow from Nov. 19 – 23.


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