Zii Jia storms into quarter-finals, Momota in the way

National player Lee Zii Jia is ranked 17th in the world. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: National number one singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia created history for himself when he advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Championships which is being held in St Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland.

The world number 13 defeated eight seeded Kenta Nishimoto of Japan 21-15, 11-21, 22-20 in the third round today.

However, standing in his way is defending champion and world number one Kento Momota.

Malaysian professional mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying also qualified for the quarterfinals when they beat unseeded Japanese pair Takuro Hoki-Wakana Nagahara 17-21, 21-13, 21-14.

The fifth seeds will be up against third seeded Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino of Japan.

However, women’s doubles pair Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen crashed out in the third round when they lost to Chinese pair Du Yue-Li Yin Hui 15-21, 21- 11, 8-21.