Swiss Open: Zii Jia progresses, Daren crashes out


KUALA LUMPUR – The country’s top men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia (picture) has cleared his first round obstacle to get into the next round of the 2021 Swiss Open badminton tournament.

The 22-year-old Kedahan, seeded second in the season opening tournament, eliminated Russian Sergey Sirant 21-12, 21-14 in 37 minutes at the St Jakobshalle, Basel to set up a clash against Victor Svendsen in the second round.

However, independent shuttler Liew Daren, who upset world number three Anders Antonsen of Denmark at the Thailand Open recently, lost to sixth seeded Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-12, 21-16, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

In the men’s doubles category, top seeds Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik also advanced to the second round by beating New Zealand’s Oliver Leydon-Davis and Abhinav Manota 21-13, 21-15 to face Jeppe Bay-Lasse Molhede of Denmark.

The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallists Gov V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong also entered the battle for quarterfinals by eliminating Danile Lundgaard-Mathias Thyrri of Denmark 21-17, 21-11.

The third seeds will next play against Germans Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel.

Rising women’s doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah continued their good momentum to oust Austrians Serena Au Yeong-Katharina Hochmeir 21-7, 21-6 in 21 minutes and are set to face Russias Anastasiia Akchurina-Olga Morozova.

Women’s singles player Soniia Cheah, who was recently dropped from the national team, failed to make positive start as á professional player when she lost 21-15, 13-21, 16-21 to Yvonne Li of Germany.

Other first round results

Men’s Singles:

[7] Shesar Hiren Rhustavito (INA) bt Soong Joo Ven 21-15 21-10

Men’s doubles:

[5] Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi bt Phillip Chew-Ryan Chew (USA) 21-23, 21-12, 21-12

[6] Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (DEN) bt Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Mohd Rumsani 20-22, 21-13, 21-13

Low Hang Yee-Ng Eng Cheong bt Ruben Jille-Van Der Lecq (NED) 21-16, 16-21, 21-16

Women’s doubles:

[2] Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Jessica Hopton-Jenny Moore 21-18, 21-13

(Note: Malaysians unless stated; [  ] denotes seeding)