Zii Jia claws back from 11-point deficit to book a spot at the semi-finals of Hylo Open 2021

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SAARLANDHALLE – Lee Zii Jia pulled off the impossible after fighting back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen yesterday (Nov 5), earning him a spot at the semi-finals of Hylo Open 2021.

Photo via Twitter/ @mygmrh

Although Lee sailed through the first set with a 21-13 score, Kantaphon came back stronger in the second set, racking up a 16-6 lead over the World No. 8 player.

However, this didn’t faze Lee at all, who fought back by scoring 11 match points in a row and eventually secured the victory with a 22-20 score despite Kantaphon’s best efforts.

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Lee remains as the last Malaysian standing following the defeat of mixed doubles pair Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei by Thailand’s Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran.

He will face Srikanth Kidambi in the bid to secure a slot at the finals today so let’s wish him the best of luck!

You can watch the highlights of the match here:

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Editor: Sarah Yeoh