Rashid: Lee Zii Jia well into becoming a world-class shuttler but still lacks consistency

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KUALA LUMPUR – Badminton legend Datuk Rashid Sidek believes that Lee Zii Jia has proven himself to be a star player at the recent 2020 Thomas Cup tournament but has yet to maintain consistency.

However, he added that the 2021 All England champion has ample time to improve on his weaknesses, reported Bernama.

Rashid: lee zii jia well into becoming a world-class shuttler but still lacks consistency
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‘Consistency is key’

Rashid, who was part of the 1992 contingent which won the trophy for Malaysia, said Zii Jia and his coach should be more cautious in picking which tournaments to participate.

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According to him, joining too many competitions may influence a player’s mentality and lead to a dip in performance.

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Zii Jia is already in the class of a top player because he has beaten all top 10 players in the world.

But then again, he is only 23-years old, so he needs another year or two to become consistent.”

Lee, who currently ranks No.8 in the world, is now the top player for the national badminton team.

He recently pulled off stunning wins over opponents regarded to be juggernauts of the game including Kento Momota (Japan), Viktor Axelsen (Denmark), Chou Tien Chen (Taiwan), Cheng Long (China) and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia).

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