KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia pulled off a sensational win over China’s Chen Long to book his place in the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Open at Istora Senayan in Jakarta on Thursday.
The 21-year-old touted as Lee Chong Wei’s replacement, however, needed three games to defeat the reigning Olympic champion 21-16, 19-21 and 22-20 in the second-round match which lasted about 88 minutes.
National mixed doubles pair, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jamie Lai also cruised into the last eight after stunning sixth seeds, Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia 21-15, 21-18.
Teammates, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, on the other hand, scored a massive 21-15, 21-14 victory over the eighth seed, Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong in another second-round tie.
National professional mixed doubles pair, fifth-seeded Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying also stormed into the next round after beating Seo Seung-Jae-Chae Yujung of South Korea 21-19, 21-15.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s interest in the women’s singles and doubles fizzled out after the players were beaten by their respective opponents.
Soniia Cheah was defeated by world No 3 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 7-21, 16-21.
Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean were also eliminated from the tournament by third seeds, Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi of Japan.
Another national women’s doubles pair, Vivian Hoo Kah Mun-Yap Cheng Wen put up a stiff fight against the sixth seeds, Lee So Hee-Shin Seung Chan of South Korea before losing 21-19, 12-21, 10-21.