Lee Zii Jia misses out on BWF World Tour Finals

MALAYSIA’S professional men’s singles ace, Lee Zii Jia, has failed to reach the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals in Bangkok, Thailand, from Dec 7-11.

This is following the world No 2 shuttler’s 22-20, 15-21, 16-21 loss to China’s Lu Guang Zu in a 70-minute battle in the second round of the 2022 Australian Open at the Quay Centre in Sydney today.

The result meant the 24-year-old Lee remained in ninth position in the BWF World Tour Finals ranking with 54,930 points, with Guang Zu finishing eighth with 56,310 points.

Only the top-eight players and pairs will qualify for the World Tour Finals.

Meanwhile, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ng Tze Yong cleared the second round hurdle with a hard-fought 21-16, 19-21, 21-5 victory over South Korea’s Heo Kwang Hee.

In the quarterfinals, Ng will take on Australian Nathan Tang, who had to come from behind to eliminate compatriot Jie Ying Chan 18-21, 21-17, 22-20 in the second round.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven also crashed out after going down 21-15, 18-21, 12-21 to Indonesia’s Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay.

In women’s singles, two-time world junior champion Goh Jin Wei cruised into the quarterfinals by trouncing India’s Anwesha Gowda 21-7, 21-13.

In the quarterfinals, the unseeded Jin Wei will face third seed Pornpawee Chochuwong after the Thai shuttler beat Japan’s Aya Ohori, 21-11, 21-15 today.

National professional men’s doubles pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi also made the last eight after taking just 23 minutes to oust Australians Ricky Cheng-Jack Wang 21-6, 21-18.

In the last eight, the sixth-seeded Malaysians will take on South Koreans Kang Min Hyuk-Seo Seung Jae, who had earlier eliminated Japan’s Hiroki Okamura-Masayuki Onodera 21-10, 21-10. – Bernama