Zii Jia suffers early Denmark Open exit despite valiant effort

By Nicolas Anil 16 October 2019 745
Zii Jia suffers early Denmark Open exit despite valiant effort

Malaysian men singles Lee Zii Jia failed to clear the opening round of the Denmark Open after he was beaten by Chen Long on Wednesday.

The Malaysian world number 15, who managed to claim a few big name scalps including Chou Tien-chen and Viktor Axelsen this year, lost the first set 18-21 before bouncing back in the second with a 21-15 win.

However, Chen’s experience counted in the third game as the Olympic champion strode to a 21-16 win.

There was not much good news for the Malaysian contingent in the other events, with only two pairs progressing to the second round. 

Mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing fell to a 13-21, 15-21 loss to South Korea’s Seo Seung-jae-Chae yu-jung, while women’s doubles shuttlers Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen went down 10-21, 18-21 in 36 minutes.

Soniia Cheah was also bundled out in the women's singles after losing 20-22, 16-21 to South Korea's Kim Gae-eun.

Fourth seeds Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying provided some respite with a 21-17, 21-14 win over Japan’s Kohei Gondo-Ayane Kurihara in the mixed doubles.

They will now meet eighth seeds Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong for a place in the quarter-finals.

Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik joined Chan-Goh in the next round after the All-England finalists beat team-mates Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi 21-16, 24-22 in the men's doubles.

They will meet reigning world champions Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan, who packed away an error-laden Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong 21-16, 21-14 in just 27 minutes.

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