PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Lee Zii Jia kept the Malaysian flag flying high in the All-England when he stormed into the men’s singles quarter-finals on Thursday (March 12).
The world No. 13 Zii Jia took only 36 minutes to blow away Lu Guangzhu of China 21-10, 21-16 at Arena Birmingham.
He will meet the winner of the match between two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan and 2016 Rio Olympics winner Chen Long of China next.
Just a day ago, the national No. 1 Zii Jia showed his brilliance en route to beating 2018 Asian Games champion and world No. 6 Jonatan Christie of Indonesia for the first time in five meetings in the opening round.
It was a glorious day for Denmark as three players – second seed Viktor Axelsen, Anders Antonsen and Rasmus Gemke made it to the last eight.
Former world champion Axelsen faces Shi Yuqi of China next while Denmark are assured of a place in the semi-finals as Antonsen takes on Gemke.
The other quarter-final will be an all-Taiwanese affair as top seed Chou Tien-chen clashes against Wang Tzu-wei.
In the mixed doubles, Malaysia’s challenge ended with the defeat of Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing.
The duo had beaten defeating Joshua Hurlburt-Yu-Josephine Wu of Canada 21-16, 21-16 in the opening round on Wednesday but could not keep the momentum going in the second round and went down fighting 19-21, 21-18, 10-21 to Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia.
Men’s singles: Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) bt Kanta Tsuneyama (Jpn) 19-21, 26-24, 21-13; Rasmus Gemke (Den) bt Shesar Hiren Rhustavito (Ina) 18-21, 21-13, 21-19; Shi Yuqi (Chn) bt Zhao Jung Peng (Chn) 21-13, 21-13; Wang Tzu-wei (Tpe) bt Kenta Nishimoto (Jpn) 21-16, 21-16; Lee Zii Jia (Mas) bt Lu Guangzu (Chn) 21-10, 21-16; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Lakshya Sen (Ind) 21-17, 21-18; Anders Antonsen (Den) bt Huang Yuxiang (Chn) 19-21, 21-12, 21-15.
Mixed doubles: Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Ina) bt Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) 21-19, 18-21, 21-10.
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