Badminton News : The world’s 4th ranked men’s singles badminton player Lee Zii Jia had a hard time at the Japan Open World Tour Super 750 badminton tournament in Osaka, Japan, today.
The 2022 Asian champions lost 22-20, 23-21 to Indian Thomas Cup hero Kidambi Srikanth in today’s first round. It was Zii Jia’s first defeat in the opening round of the season.
The loss was a blow for Lee Zii Jia, who is looking to make amends in Osaka after being knocked out in the last 16 of last week’s prestigious 2022 World Championships in Tokyo.
Kisambi Srikanth will next face Wang Tzu Wei from Taiwan or Kanta Tsuneyama from Japan in the second round tomorrow (1/9)..
Meanwhile, the women’s doubles pair Pearly Tan/M. Thinaah made a brilliant debut at the Japan Open when they beat world number 2 Shin Sheung Chan-Lee So Hee of South Korea in the first round today.
World number 11 Pearly-Thinaah beat Sheung Chan-So Hee, who took silver at last year’s World Championships, 16-21, 21-14 and 21-18 at the Maruzen Intec Arena in Osaka.
It was a good response from Pearly/Thinaah after being knocked out of the last 16 of the World Championships in Tokyo last week.
The win against Sheung Chan/So Hee was their second major loss against the top five pair, having beaten world number 4 pair Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota of Japan twice this year.
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