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National badminton athlete and men’s singles player Lee Zii Jia in action during his match against Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew, during the second round of the 2024 All England badminton championships, at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, the United Kingdom, on March 14, 2024. — Picture via FACEBOOK/BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA – BAM

2024 Singapore Open: Zii Jia pulls out over hamstring injuries

KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — National men’s singles professional player Lee Zii Jia has withdrawn from the 2024 Singapore Open due to hamstring injuries suffered after participating in the 2024 Thailand Open and the 2024 Malaysian Masters.

The withdrawal of the world number nine saw defending champion Anthony Sinisuka Ginting from Indonesia, who was expected to face Lee in the first round today, given a free ride to advance to the second round tomorrow to meet another national men’s singles player, Leong Jun Hao.

Team LZJ said the difficult decision was made after receiving medical advice not to participate in the Super 750 championship in Singapore, to focus on the recovery.

“It is a difficult decision to concede a walkover at the Singapore Open, but after a medical assessment in Singapore, Zii Jia was advised not to participate due to hamstring injuries sustained during the Thailand Open and Malaysia Masters,” it said in an X (formerly Twitter) post today

The Thailand Open took place from May 14 to May 19, followed by the Malaysian Masters from May 21 to May 26, while the Singapore Open, which opened yesterday (May 28), will run until June 2.

Meanwhile, the national mixed doubles Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie only took 33 minutes to defeat B. Sumeeth Reddy-Sikki Reddy from India, 21-18 and 21-19.

The newly crowned Malaysian Masters 2024 champions on Sunday (May 26) will next meet world number one Zheng Si Wei-Huang Ya Qiong of China in the second round tomorrow.

According to the record of previous meetings, the pair has defeated Goh-Lai 11 times, namely in the Indonesia Masters 2018, the World Tour Final 2018, the Indonesia Masters 2019, the French Open 2019, and the Fuzhou China Open 2019.

They were also defeated at the Malaysian Masters 2020, the Malaysian Masters 2022, the Denmark Open 2022, the Malaysia Open 2023, the India Open 2023, and the Dubai Asia Badminton Championship 2023.

— Bernama

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