Lee Zii Jia

Lee Zii Jia (born 29 March 1998) is a Malaysian badminton player. He was the men's singles gold medalist at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Lee Zii Jia
Personal information
Country Malaysia
Born (1998-03-29) 29 March 1998 (age 22)
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
ResidenceBukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight78 kg (172 lb)
Years active2016
HandednessRight
CoachIndra Wijaya
Misbun Sidek
Hendrawan
Men's singles
Career record157 wins, 71 losses
Highest ranking10 (17 March 2020)
Current ranking10 (17 March 2020)
BWF profile

Career summaryEdit

Lee Zii Jia was first introduced to badminton by his parents at the age of 5. In his earlier years, he studied at Keat Hwa H Primary School in Alor Setar, Kedah. Due to his results in the under 12 competition, he was soon drafted into the Bukit Jalil Sports School. In 2015, he became the junior champion in the Perak and Selangor Badminton Open. These standout performance and wins in the international circuit earned him a place in the Badminton Association of Malaysia.

2016Edit

In November 2016, Zii Jia won a bronze medal in the World Junior Championships after losing to Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in the semifinals. In the same month, he advanced to the final of India International Series but was defeated by Lakshya Sen.

2017Edit

In February 2017, Zii Jia reached the semifinals of the Thailand Masters, where he lost to Kantaphon Wangcharoen. In September 2017, Zii Jia won his first senior title at the Polish International, against Soong Joo Ven in the final. In November 2017, Zii Jia reached the semifinals of the Bitburger Open.[1]

2018Edit

In October 2018, Zii Jia reached the final of the Chinese Taipei Open by defeating the World No. 4 Men's Singles player, Chou Tien-chen in the semifinals. He defeated Riichi Takeshita in the final to win his first BWF World Tour title and second international title overall.[2][3] In doing so, he became the second Malaysian other than Lee Chong Wei to win a BWF top flight men's singles title since 2013.[citation needed] Zii Jia then reached the final of the Korea Masters but lost to Son Wan-ho.[4]

2019Edit

Zii Jia started the 2019 season by competing in the Thailand Masters. He lost in the quarter finals to Brice Leverdez of France in straight games.[5] In the next tournaments, he also finished in the quarter finals in Malaysia Masters, Indonesia Masters, and German Open.[6] Zii Jia later lost in the early stage of Swiss, Malaysia, and Singapore Open's.[7][8] Zii Jia admitted that he had struggled to cope with financial difficulties, lack of progress and unfairness that affected his performance.[7]

In August, he finally managed to make it into the semi-finals in the Thailand Open, where he lost to Chou Tien-chen of Chinese Taipei. This was nonetheless an improvement to his being a quarter finalist in New Zealand and Indonesia Open's.[6][9] Zii Jia qualified to compete in World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, but lost to the World No. 1 Men's Single Player, and the eventual champion Word Campion, Kento Momota of Japan in the quarter finals.[10] In November, he was forced to retire in the second round of the China Open, and decided to withdraw as well from the next tournament in Hong Kong, due suffering from food poisoning and fever.[11][12] Zii Jia reached world No. 11 in the BWF World ranking on November 12th. In December, he won the men's singles gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games,[13] and also helped the national men's team win the silver medal.[14]

2020Edit

Lee opened the season by participating in Southeast Asian tours in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand Masters, with his best result being a semi-finalist in Malaysia, wherein he lost to the world number 1 Kento Momota in straight games.[15] In February, he alongside Malaysia men's team, won the silver medal at the Asia Team Championships,[16] during which time he was the national team captain[17] He won 4 out of 5 matches in the Asia Team Championships, losing in the final match against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

Later in March, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe, the 2020 German Open (badminton) was cancelled. Zii Jia's next tournament was the 2020 All England Open, which was also be his debut at the tournament because his ranking was previously too low to qualify.[18] He won against Jonatan Christie, who had won in four previous matches.[19] Zii Jia continued this win streak against Lu Guangzu and then the Olympic champion Chen Long.[20] In the semi final match, he lost to Viktor Axelsen. The match lasted for 73 minutes.[21] Further, Lee's performance at the All England Open raised his world ranking to no. 10 on 17 March 2020.[22]

AchievementsEdit

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2019 Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines   Loh Kean Yew 21–18, 21–18   Gold

BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Bilbao Arena, Bilbao, Spain   Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo 19–21, 18–21   Bronze

BWF World Tour (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[23] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into six levels, namely the World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[24]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 Korea Masters Super 300   Son Wan-ho 16–21, 11–21   Runner-up
2018 Chinese Taipei Open Super 300   Riichi Takeshita 21–17, 16–21, 21–11   Winner

BWF International Challenge/Series (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Polish International   Soong Joo Ven 21–17, 21–16   Winner
2016 India International Series   Lakshya Sen 13–11, 3–11, 6–11, 6–11   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fabian Peter (5 November 2017). "Bit off more than he could chew: Zii Jia slayed at Bitburger Open". New Straits Times. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  2. ^ Seng Foo (7 October 2018). "Zii Jia wins maiden BWF World Tour title". Stadium Astro. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Malaysia's Zii Jia clinches Taiwan Open badminton title". Malay Mail. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  4. ^ Helmi Talkah (2 December 2018). "Victory in defeat for Zii Jia". New Straits Times. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Malaysia Masters a golden opportunity for Zii Jia". www.stadiumastro.com. Stadium Astro. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b de Silva, Joash Ee (3 August 2019). "Zii Jia bounces back from first-game defeat to reach semis". www.thestar.com.my. The Star. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b Tan, Ming Wai (13 April 2019). "Zii Jia vents frustration over financial difficulties and personal struggles". www.thestar.com.my. The Star. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  8. ^ Liew, Vincent (4 April 2019). "Lin Dan gets comeback win, Lee Zii Jia falls short at Malaysia Open". www.badmintonplanet.com. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  9. ^ Palar, Sanjeev (19 August 2019). "Lee Zii Jia is Malaysia's new badminton hope". www.olympicchannel.com. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Lee Zii Jia, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying exit world badminton meet". www.malaymail.com. 23 August 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  11. ^ Peter, Fabian (8 November 2019). "Food poisoning, fever force Zii Jia to throw in towel against Momota". www.nst.com.my. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  12. ^ Boopathy, K. M. (11 November 2019). "Malaysia sweating on Zii Jia's health". www.nst.com.my. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  13. ^ Tan, Ming Wai (9 December 2019). "Zii Jia bags badminton singles gold at SEA Games". www.thestar.com.my. The Star. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Malaysia wins silver in badminton men's team event, loses 1-3 to Indonesia in gold medal match". www.thestar.com.my. The Star. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Momota too good for Zii Jia". www.freemalaysiatoday.com. 12 January 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  16. ^ Paul, Rajes (17 February 2020). "June's august run". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  17. ^ "Masked captain ready for action". www.nst.com.my. 10 February 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Zii Jia feeling stressed ahead of All England". www.nst.com.my. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Zii Jia shocks Indonesia's big gun at All England". www.nst.com.my. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Lee Zii Jia stuns Chen Long at All England Championship". timesofindia.indiatimes.com/. 14 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  21. ^ "Zii Jia's gallant run comes to an end in All-England semi-final defeat". www.thestar.com.my/. 14 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Zii Jia breaks into top-10 for the first time". www.nst.com.my/. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  23. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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