Lee Zii Jia Leads Malaysian Charge at the 2024 Swiss Open

Lee Zii Jia enters the Swiss Open second round. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)
Lee Zii Jia enters the Swiss Open second round. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)

Basel: The 2024 Swiss Open currently taking place in Basel, Switzerland has World No. 10 Lee Zii Jia currently leading Malaysia’s charge. Although other top players decided to opt out of the tournament, Lee Zii Jia, along with other top Malaysian players, are still making their names heard.

Lee Zii Jia, having lost to Lakshya Sen of India in the quarter-final of the All England tournament last week 22-20, 16-21, 19-21, will most definitely be going for the win at the Swiss Open, and so far his odds are looking sharp.

In the first round, Lee defeated World No. 30 Su Li Yang of Taiwan 21-19, 21-12 to set up a second-round meeting with World No. 27 Kidambi Srikanth of India.

Highlights of Lee Zii Jia vs. Su Li Yang in the first round of the 2024 Swiss Open:

As for other Malaysian players, the World No. 37 Leong Jun Hao put up a strong fight before losing last week’s All-England semi-finalist Lakshya Sen 19-21, 21-15, 11-21.

Malaysia has 3 mixed doubles pairs that made the second round.

World No. 9 Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei overcame World No. 19 Terry Hee Yong Kai/Jessica Tan Wei Han of Singapore 21-12, 19-21, 21-15 to meet Sathish Kumar Karunakaran/Aadya Variyath of India next.

Meanwhile, the next pair of World No. 14 Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai defeated Kenneth Zhe Hooi Choo/Gronya Somerville of Australia 21-19, 21-16. They are now advancing to play Hiroki Nishi/Akari Sato of Japan on Thursday.

And finally, in an all-Malaysian first-round match, Chan Peng Soon/Cheah Yee See got the better of Hoo Pang Ron/Cheng Su Yin 21-17, 21-16 to advance to the next round against No. 5 seeds Hiroki Midorikawa/Natsu Saito of Japan for a spot in the quarter-finals.


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