Badminton: Joo-bong: Zii Jia is an enormous risk that Naraoka isn’t any match for | Jobs Punch

Japan’s head coach Park Joo-bong is keeping track of the specter of dwelling favourite Lee Zii Jia within the Malaysian Open that begins at present on the Axiata Area.

The unbiased males’s singles shuttler and the world No. 2’s Zii Jia is about to face Joo-bong’s Kodai Naraoka in an thrilling first-round match.

Naraoka was top-of-the-line gamers final 12 months and just lately reached a career-high No. 7 on the planet.

Whereas happy with Naraoka’s type final 12 months, Joo-bong reveals that his participant is just not at his greatest bodily and it might be in Zii Jia’s favor.

“Naraoka’s situation is just not excellent. He sustained some accidents on the All-Japan Championships two weeks in the past and needed to retire within the first spherical,” mentioned Joo-bong.

“He has recovered however he isn’t 100%. And dealing with Zii Jia on this state of affairs is just not good. “

Regardless of his doubts, Joo-bong is wanting ahead to an fascinating matchup between the 2 gamers.

“Zii Jia is a really considerate participant,” he mentioned.

“He was not very constant final 12 months however he had the benefit of enjoying at dwelling.

“Naraoka improved so much final 12 months however nonetheless has so much to study, particularly in opposition to high gamers.

“Taking part in in opposition to Zii Jia for the primary time was a very good expertise for him.

“I really feel that if Naraoka can play like he did on the World Tour Finals in Bangkok final month, then he has a preventing probability.

“Nevertheless it’s not straightforward now as a result of he has little time to relaxation and put together for this event,” added Joo-bong.

On the World Tour Finals, Naraoka gave the world No.

In the meantime, Zii Jia doesn’t let the information about Naraoka’s well being distract him from the duty.

“I did not assume an excessive amount of about Naraoka’s state of affairs,” he mentioned.

“Even when he’s absolutely match or not, I nonetheless should be prepared.

“I am simply focusing by myself preparations,” added Zii Jia.

If Zii Jia prevails in opposition to the Japanese, he’ll most likely face his roommate Ng Tze Yong.

The World No. 25 Tze Yong is predicted to overhaul Eire’s Nhat Nguyen, who’s ranked three locations beneath him at No. 28.

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