Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia cruised past Dutch foe Mark Caljouw 21-15, 21-10 and set up a next round outing with Japan’s Tsuneyama.
The 2022 Denmark Open marked the first top tier event in almost three months, so you will expect a lot of adjustments, rustiness from the international badminton stars. However, the story is different from Malaysia’s pride Lee Zii Jia hunger to have a bounce back after a series of disappointing early exits as he demolished his Dutchman opponent Mark Caljouw at the first round of the tournament with the scoreline of 21-15, 21-10 within just 36 minutes to secure the spot at the second round. We have other stories of badminton set here!
The fourth seed will next face Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama and it will be a bit of a difficult test for Malaysia’s aspiration for redemption.
Earlier this month, Zii Jia had an intense training session with Viktor Axelsen and Anders Antonsen in preparation for the Open Denmark campaign which also marked his chances of making a comeback and aspiring again for the No. 1 spot.
“It’s good to have high intensity training before a tournament. Here is all about intensity and quality of training,” Lee told the Danish broadcaster.
Kidamdi Srikanth sets a round of 16 picnic with Loh Kean Yew
A come-from-behind win by the 2022 Commonwealth Bronze medallist Kidambi Srikanth as he progresses to the men’s single round of 16. He defeated Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long in a scoreline of 21-17, 14-21, 12-21 within a 56 minute marathon.
The Indian shuttler saw his first round almost go into misery after a first set defeat over Hong Kong’s pride. But, it did not stop World No. 11 and still dominated the next two sets to steal the show and the spot for the Round of 16 of the Open Denmark 2022.
Former Badminton World Champion Loh Kean Yew felt his presence as he returned to winning ways as he defeated Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin with a scoreline of 21-13, 22-20. The World No.5 took just 42 minutes to thrash his World No.36 opponent.
Loh will next face India’s Kidambi Srikanth whom he defeated to clinch the World Championship in Spain last December. The Singaporean shuttler ended his World Championship stint last August as he bowed down to Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open 2022. Loh became the first Singaporean to reach the Top 5 in the World – a huge milestone for Singapore Badminton. With that success, he became the first badminton brand ambassador for well-known delivery app company Grab Singapore.
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