Lee Ying Ying, Lee Zii Jia progress to Malaysia International Series semis

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Lee Ying Ying is aiming for the Malaysia International Series title before playing in the KL SEA Games in August.
Lee Ying Ying is aiming for the Malaysia International Series title before playing in the KL SEA Games in August.

Putrajaya: The 19-year-old Lee Ying Ying of Malaysia showed all of her battling spirit to come from 10 points down in the decider to battle back against No. 7 seed Pattarasuda Chaiwan of Thailand in their Malaysia International Series quarter-final match on Friday.

No. 1 seed Lee Ying Ying lost the first set 11-21, before winning the second 21-9. The Malaysian produced some exceptional badminton as she rallied from 6-16 in the decider, breaking Chaiwan in the end of third set and holding on to roll past the Thai player 21-18 in the third set.

Lee will take on another Thai player Thamolwan Poopradubsil in the semi-finals.

In men’s singles, No. 4 seed Lee Zii Jia swept past the 2013 Asia Junior Champion Soo Teck Zhi 21-14, 21-12 to set up a semi-final clash with compatriot and No. 14 seed Cheam June Wei.

Tan Jia Wei of Malaysia will face Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the other men’s singles semi-final clash on Saturday.

The Celcom Axiata Malaysia International Series offer a total prize money of $150,000.

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