TOP Malaysia men's shuttler Lee Zii Jia crashed out of the Indonesia Masters on Friday (10 June), falling in the quarter-finals to Indonesian rival Anthony Sinisuka Ginting despite winning the opening set.
The world No.5, who had been in good form after clinching the Badminton Asia Championships and Thailand Open men's singles titles last month, had edged his world No.6 opponent 21-18 in the first set.
However, Ginting stepped up a gear and Lee had no answer, eventually falling 21-18, 16-21, 15-21 in a 69-minute tussle at the Istora Senayan stadium in Jakarta.
Ginting will next face either Denmark's world No.1 Viktor Axelsen or Hong Kong's world No.12 Angus Ng in Saturday's semi-finals. In the other semi-final tie, Singapore's reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew will take on Taiwan's world No.4 Chou Tien-chen.
There was better news for Malaysian shuttlers in the women's doubles at the US$360,000 (RM1.6 million) Indonesia Masters event, as Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan reached the last four after defeating Thailand's Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 21-11, 21-16.
However, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik were defeated in their men's doubles quarter-final tie, falling 21-16, 13-21, 17-21 to China's Liang Wei Keng and Wang Cheng. Another men's doubles pair, Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzudin, also exited in the quarter-finals, losing 21-10, 11-21, 18-21 to Indonesia's Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.
Women's singles player Iris Wang was also beaten in her quarter-final tie by China's Han Yue, 21-15, 18-21, 18-21.