Despite best efforts, national badminton ace Zii Jia falls to defending Olympic champion Chen Long in three sets in round of 16

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Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia hits a shot to China’s Chen Long in their men’s singles badminton round of 16 match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo July 29, 2021. — AFP pic
Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia hits a shot to China’s Chen Long in their men’s singles badminton round of 16 match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo July 29, 2021. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — Malaysian men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia put up a valiant fight but eventually lost in three sets to China’s Olympic defending champion Chen Long.

Zii Jia took the first set in convincing fashion with a 21-8 scoreline before the Chinese world No. 6 took the second set 21-19 eventually racing to a 21-5 win in the third set.

Chen will meet second seed Chou Tien-chien from Chinese Taipei this Saturday at 8am local time in the quarterfinals.

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