Lee Zii Jia crashed out of the Malaysia Open in badminton | Jobs Punch

KUALA LUMPUR: The world quantity two in Badminton, Lee Zii Jia (pix) suffered a shock first-round defeat towards rising Japanese star Kodai Naraoka within the first upset on the season-opening Malaysia Open on Wednesday.

Naraoka, ranked seventh on the planet, defeated the Malaysian star, 13-21, 21-17, 21-19 within the 73-minute match of the evening.

Lee, the reigning Asian champion, was the clear favourite with the house followers, who chanted his title on the Axiata Enviornment in Kuala Lumpur.

The 2 shuttlers had by no means met earlier than and Lee went on the offensive to win the primary sport.

However Naraoka got here again to stage the sport with a hard-working efficiency after which sealed the win with superior web play and by hanging on the proper moments.

“I gave my finest nevertheless it was not sufficient. I’ve to just accept this outcome,” mentioned Lee, who was enjoying his first match and not using a coach.

“These previous couple of factors are about confidence, and he has extra of it than I do.”

Lee broke up along with his former Indonesian coach Indra Wijaya final November. He says it isn’t the identical coaching and not using a coach and he has to observe his choice.

A jubilant Naraoka mentioned of his win: “I attempted to be aggressive towards him and it labored.”

World champion Viktor Axelsen will face Malaysia’s Liew Daren within the second spherical on Thursday. – AFP

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