Zii Jia one step away from All England glory after winning semi in straight sets
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): National top singles ace Lee Zii Jia is one match away from clinching a maiden All England title after overpowering Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands 21-13,21-17 in Birmingham Saturday (March 21).
The Caljouw was no match for Zii Jia in the first game but the Dutchman was a transformed player in the second as he trailed by just a point - 10-11 - at the interval.Caljouw pounced on Zii Jia’s hesitancy to take a 16-15 lead but that was the wake-up call the 22-year-old from Alor Setar needed as he regain his composure, fight back and storm home 21-17.
With this win, Zii Jia has bettered his All England record. Last year, the Malaysian fell short when he lost 21-17,13-21,19-21 to eventual winner Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the last four.Zii Jia will now meet the winner of the all-Danish clash between second seed Axelsen and third seed Anders Antonsen in the other semi-final, which will be played later Saturday night (Sunday morning Malaysian time).
This will be Zii Jia’s best chance to win silverware after enduring a disastrous start so far this year.He began the year by losing to second seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan in the quarter-finals of the Yonex Thailand Open before crashing out in the first round at the hands of India’s Sameer Verman in the Toyota Thailand Open back in January. headtopics.com
Zii Jia’s poor form continued when he lost all his three matches in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals, also held in Bangkok in the same month, before being shown the exit by eighth seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand 18-21,10-21 in the semi-finals of the 2021 Swiss Open earlier this month.
Earlier, unseeded Japanese pair Yuki Kaneko-Misaki Matsutomo stunned Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 21-14,22-20 to qualify for the mixed doubles final Saturday.The last time Malaysia tasted a victory in the All England was in 2017 when Datuk Lee Chong Wei overpowered Shi Yu Qi of China 21-12,21-10 in the men’s singles final. - BernamaRead more: The Star »
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Yeah Congrat Zi.Hope you win the title.We need another hero after Chong Wei.
Use All England win to aim for more success, PM advises Zii Jia | New Straits TimesKUALA LUMPUR: National top singles ace Lee Zii Jia ’s outstanding victory in the All England Badminton Championships final last night won the hearts and accolades of fellow Malaysians, including Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin himself.
Build on fantastic All-England win, Chong Wei tells Zii JiaHe says it is important for Zii Jia not to slow down after winning his maiden All-England men's singles title. We need a gofundme page for leeziijia 👍👍🏼 Be a consistent player n the future looks brighter in this field.
Kedah to give Zii Jia RM25,000 for All-England winPearly Tan to get RM10,000 for winning Swiss Open with M Thinaah. FMTNews AllEngland Rasisnya 🙄😆
Zii Jia to get RM25,000 from Kedah over All England win | The Malaysian InsightIncentive to be handed over to player in a ceremony later, says MB.
Zii Jia rises to career-best world No 8 after All England heroicsThe 22-year-old has now accumulated 69,389 points from 25 tournaments. FMTNews AllEngland ZiiJia
Zii Jia singkir Momota mara ke separuh akhir All England | The Malaysian InsightPemain berusia 22 tahun itu menewaskan Momota 21-16, 21-19 dalam tempoh 55 minit pada perlawanan di Utilita Arena, Birmingham .