LEE ZII JIA AKUI TIDAK SETANDING LAKSHYA SEN - ALL ENGLAND BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP
PETALING JAYA, SELANGOR, MALAYSIA : Defending champion Lee Zii Jia proved failed to make it to the Final of The All-England Badminton Championship in Birmingham, England after he lost to Indian Champion Lakshya Sen in three (3) hard-fought games.
After losing the first game 13-21, the Malaysian national champion regained his composure and led from the beginning in the second game, returning many shots that appeared impossible to return at times.
With a large group of Malaysian supporters cheering him on, he won easily 21-12, in a game filled with some long rallies to force a rubber set.
After the breather, Zii Jia started nervously losing two straight points. However, he stopped Lakshya in his tracks and raced to a 4-3 lead within five (5) minutes. Both players were then engaged in a point for point battle.
After 10 minutes playing of the rubber, the players were tied at 8-8, with both making unforced errors. Zii Jia, who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia to go professional in January 2022, then took the lead at 11-9 play.
After the changeover, Zii Jia raced to a 16-13 lead five (5) minutes into play.
The ding-dong battle continued until they reached 18-18 but Lakshya changed the pace to win 21-19.
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@ Jackie San