KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 ― Malaysia’s prime singles participant Lee Zii Jia performed the sport of his life to beat China’s Shi Yu Qi within the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Masters badminton championship on the Axiata Enviornment in Bukit Jalil right here in the present day.
The 22-year-old Malaysian got here from behind to beat the seventh seeded Yu Qi 12-21, 21-16, 21-19.
Zii Jia confirmed wonderful tenacity to beat the Chinese language participant, who, regardless of being troubled by an previous damage, used his expertise and talent to win the primary recreation simply.
Zii Jia merely couldn’t preserve tempo with Yu Qi and had no reply to his array of pictures within the opening recreation.
“Within the second recreation, I regularly tried to match his velocity. My play is extraordinary in the present day,” Zii Jia advised reporters.
Zii Jia mentioned he felt nervous even when main however stored telling himself to battle until the tip.
“I didn’t count on the final shot, which is a fortunate level,” mentioned Zii Jia, who had misplaced his two earlier matches towards Yu Qi.
Within the semi-finals tomorrow, Zii Jia has a mountain to climb towards prime seed and world primary Kento Momota.
The Kedah-born Zii Jia admitted that it might be robust towards Momota due to the Japanese participant’s velocity and his capacity to range his recreation.
“Solely a speedy and attacking participant like (Anthony) Ginting (of Indonesia) would stand an opportunity towards him. I respect him and can give it my all tomorrow,” he added.
Momota was reported to be not totally match and has withdrawn from the Indonesian Masters subsequent week.
In the meantime, Malaysia’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi didn’t sustain their good run after they narrowly misplaced to South Koreans Kim Gi Jung-Lee Yong Dae within the quarter-finals.
It was an thrilling encounter with the Malaysians taking the primary recreation 21-19 however going down 15-21 within the second.
The decider was a thriller all the way in which however the Malaysians didn’t seal the match regardless of holding match level at 20-19. The Koreans compelled deuce and went on to win the match 22-20. ― Bernama