Zii Jia smashes his way into world ranking top 10

Zii Jia fell in the semis to eventual winner Viktor Axelsen in Birmingham. (AP pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s top men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia has finally achieved his career best, breaking into the top 10 of the world rankings.

According to the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) latest rankings update, Zii Jia moved three rungs to 10th spot thanks to his stunning debut at the All-England last week.

The 22-year-old’s gallant run began with an upset win over world No 6 Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in the opening round before he booked his berth in the last four with a stunning performance against Rio 2016 gold medallist Chen Long of China in the quarterfinals.

He, however, lost to second seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the semifinals.

Zii Jia, along with 13 other players and six national coaches, are currently undergoing a 14-day quarantine at Akademi Badminton Malaysia after arriving from Birmingham.