Lee Zii Jia to face Iskandar Zulkarnain in Malaysia National Championships final

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Lee Zii Jia and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin are going against each other in the 2018 Malaysia National Championships final.
Lee Zii Jia and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin are going against each other in the 2018 Malaysia National Championships final.

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s No. 2 men’s singles player Lee Zii Jia who lost to Jan Jorgensen of Denmark in the first round of Swiss Open two weeks ago, lived up to expectations and capped off a brilliant performance to beat former Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) player and No. 2 seed Chong Wei Feng 21-9, 21-18 in 31 minutes to advance into the 2018 Malaysia National Championships final on Saturday.

The No. 3 seed Lee Zii Jia will face No. 6 seed Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in the final.

Zulkarnain however had to dig deep to storm back from a set down to beat unseeded Satheishtharan Ramachandran 19-21, 21-7, 21-12 in 51 minutes.

In women’s singles competition, Kisona Selvaduray proved she has a good chance of being listed in Malaysia’s Uber Cup squad in May after she defeated the 2015 World Junior champion Goh Jin Wei 21-15, 21-14 in the semi-finals.

However, the Seremban-born Kisona remained humble and focused and didn’t think too much about her chances in the Malaysian Uber Cup team.

“I didn’t think too much about Uber Cup. I am working hard all the time, and let’s take it one game at a time,” said Kisona.

She is set to take on No. 1 seed Soniia Cheah in the final.

“I am going to play Soniia in the final, she is an experienced player, and I feel really excited,” added Kisona.

In men’s doubles, Malaysia’s unseeded men’s doubles pair Mohd Arif Abdul Latif/Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayup pulled off a huge upset to beat No. 2 seeds Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi 21-17, 18-21, 21-11 in 55 minutes. Abdul Latif/Ayup will face the Rio Olympic men’s doubles silver medalists Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong in the final.

Goh/Tan outlasted No. 3 seeds Chooi Kah Ming/Low Juan Shen 21-13, 23-21 in another semi-finals.

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