KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s challenge in the Perodua Malaysian Masters came to an abrupt end in the semi-finals with the exits of shuttlers Lee Zii Jia and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil on Saturday (Jan 11).

National No. 1 Zii Jia failed to break his losing streak to Japan’s Kento Momota, and went down 10-21,19-21 to the world No. 1 in the men’s singles semi-finals.

It was Zii Jia’s sixth defeat to Momota.

It was also all over for independent mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, ranked sixth in the world, as they were blown away 10-21,13-21 by China’s world No. 2 pair Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping in just 33 minutes.

SEMI-FINALS RESULTS

Men’s singles: Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Lee Zii Jia (Mas) 21-10,21-19; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) 21-14,21-18

Men’s doubles: Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn) bt Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) 22-20,19-21,24-22; Kim Gi-jung-Lee Yong-dae (Kor) bt Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Ina) 14-21,21-19,21-15.

Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt He Bingjiao (Chn) 21-17,21-12; Chen Yufei (Chn) bt Carolina Marin (Spa) 21-15,21-14.

Women’s doubles: Li Wenmei-Zheng Yu (Chn) bt Greysia Polii-Apriyani Rahayu (Ina) 21-19,18-21,21-19; Du Yue-Li Yinhui (Chn) bt Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida (Jpn) 21-14,19-21,21-11.

Mixed doubles: Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) bt Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (Ina) 21-13,21-12; Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) bt Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-10,21-13.

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