PETALING JAYA: They say winning breeds confidence and nothing could be more true for national men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia (pic).
The 20-year-old continued to dazzle in the early season when he stunned world No. 3 Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan to reach the last 16 of the Indonesian Masters at Istora Senayan, Jakarta, yesterday.
Zii Jia notched a stylish 21-13, 21-13 win in just 31 minutes against last year’s Asian Games silver medallist. He led from start till end in both games.
It proved that Zii Jia’s win over Tien-chen in the semi-finals en route to capturing the Taiwan Open last October was no fluke.
“To be honest, I’m feeling exhausted coming into this week. I’ve never played three back-to-back events previously,” said Zii Jia.
“It was really a surprise that I managed to win it in straight games. It’s always good when you upset a top-ranked rival and I savoured this solid win against Tien-chen.”
Zii Jia had impressed in the last two weeks by overcoming higher-ranked opponents to reach the quarter-finals in both the Thailand and Malaysian Masters.
His most notable triumph was over world No. 10 Kenta Nishimoto during the quarter-finals in Kuala Lumpur last week.
He faces Thailand’s Sitthikorn Thammasin next for a place in the quarter-finals.
In the men’s doubles, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi were the only Malaysian pair to clear the first hurdle as Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik failed to progress.
Buoyed by their runners-up finish at last week’s Malaysian Masters, Yew Sin-Ee Yi took just 24 minutes to thump China’s world No. 12 He Jiting-Tan Qiang 21-17, 21-8.
The world No. 23 face a sterner test today when they take on reigning world champions Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China. Yew Sin-Ee Yi have yet to record a win after four meetings against them.
Playing in their 10th match in 15 days, world No. 14 V Shem-Wee Kiong appeared to have run out of gas as they lost tamely 12-21, 16-21 to world No. 3 Keigo Sonoda-Takeshi Kimura of Japan.
Aaron-Wooi Yik were also no match for Indonesian veterans Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan, going down 13-21, 13-21 in 22 minutes.
Goh Jin Wei was also eliminated in the women’s singles challenge but the 18-year-old can certainly walk tall for her spirited display in the 21-16, 21-23, 20-22 loss to China’s He Bingjiao.
It was Jin Wei’s first defeat in four matches against the world No. 7.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
(Malaysians unless stated)
Men’s singles: Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 22-20, 21-11; Chen Long (Chn) bt B. Sai Praneeth (Ind) 21-12, 21-16; Sitthikorn Thammasin (Tha) bt Kazumasa Sakai (Tha) 21-11, 21-19; Lee Zii Jia bt Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) 21-13, 21-13; Hans-Kristian Vitthinghus (Den) bt Khosit Phetpradab (Tha) 21- 12, 18-21, 21-16; Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) bt Suppanyu Avihingsanon (Tha) 21-15, 20-22, 21-15; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Subhankar Dey (Ind) 21-14, 19-21, 21-15; Kanta Tsuneyama (Jpn) bt Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) 21-13, 21-15; Sheshar Hiren Rhustavito (Ina) bt Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) 20-22, 21-15, 21-8; Anders Antonsen (Den) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21- 17, 6-21, 21-15;
Men’s doubles: Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Den) bt Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko (Jpn) 21-11, 21-15; Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol (Kor) 21-16, 21-15; Manu Attri-B. Sumeeth Reddy (Ind) bt Mads Pieler Kolding-Niclas Nohr (Den) 14-21, 21-19, 21-15; Ong Yew SinTeo Ee Yi bt He Jiting-Tan Qiang (Chn) 21-17, 21-8; Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik 21- 13, 21-13; Kittinupong Kedren-Dechapol Puavaranukroh (Tha) bt Liao Min-chun-Su Ching-heng (Tpe) 18-21, 21-19, 21-11; Hang Chengkai-Zhou Haodong (Chn) bt Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit (Tha) 21-19, 21-19; Kim Gi-jung-Lee Yong-dae (Kor) bt Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) 21-16, 21-13; Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt Lee Jhe-huei-Yang Pohsuan (Tpe) 21-10, 21-13; Berry Angriawan-Hardianto Hardianto (Ina) bt Inkarat Apisuk-Tanupat Viriyangkura (Tha) 21-9, 21-12; Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) bt Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong 21-12, 21-16; Choi Sol-gyu-Seo Seung-jae (Kor) bt Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) 21-11, 21-15.
*Matches involving Malaysians only
Women’s singles: He Bingjiao (Chn) bt Goh Jin Wei 16-21, 23-21 22-20; Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) bt Soniia Cheah 21-15, 21-14.
Women’s doubles: Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Ekaterina Bolotova-Alina Davletova (Rus) 21-15, 21-17; Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen bt Agatha Imanuela-Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti (Ina) 21-13, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Akbar Bintang Cahyono-Winny Oktavina Kandow (Ina) 21-19, 21-19; Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie bt Marvin Emil Seidel-Linda Efler (Ger) 18-21, 21-19, 21-12; Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (Ina) bt Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing 21-12, 13-21, 21-18.