Zii Jia to face his toughest challenge yet in the form of Chen Long today

TOKYO – National men’s singles player Lee Zii Jia has advanced to the knockout stage of the Tokyo Olympics after breezing past France’s Brice Leverdez with a 21-17, 21-5 victory at the Musashino Forest Plaza yesterday (July 28).

Malaysia's lee zii jia hits a shot to ukraine's artem pochtarov in their men's singles badminton group stage match during the tokyo 2020 olympic games at the musashino forest sports plaza in tokyo on july 25, 2021. (photo by pedro pardo / afp)
Lee Zii Jia is hoping to pull off the impossible. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP)

He will now face defending champion Chen Long today at 6:15 pm.

Chen long at london olympic games in 2012
Chen Long at London Olympic Games in 2012 – AFP

If Lee manages to pull off the impossible, he will be going up against Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen in the quarterfinals on Saturday (July 30).

Lee is the only badminton singles representative for the Tokyo Olympics.

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He is aiming to maintain Malaysia’s record of having a finalist in the singles event since the Beijing Olympics.

In March, Lee won his first Super 1000 tournament at the All England Open, beating defending champion Viktor Axelsen 30–29, 20–22, 21–9.


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