Rhustavito beat Zii Jia during the second round of the 2022 Malaysia Open Badminton Championships at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, June 30, 2022. – Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR (June 30): Malaysia’s men’s singles ace Lee Zii Jia crashed out of the second round of the 2022 Malaysia Open badminton tournament today after losing to unseeded Indonesian Shesar Hiren Rhustavito.

Playing before more than 5,000 supporters at Axiata Arena, the world number five Zii Jia was given early warning of the threat faced as the 28-year-old Indonesian took the first game 21-19.

Zii Jia, 24, came back with a 21-19 win in the second game but lost 16-21 in the decider to concede the match which lasted more than an hour.

The win enabled Rhustavito to level the score at 4-4 in his head-to-head clashes with the 2021 All England champion. The Indonesian last beat Zii Jia at the 2019 Taiwan Open but lost to him at the Asian championship and Thailand Open this year.

Rhustavito’s win has denied fans a mouth-watering quarter-final clash between Zii Jia and Japan’s Kento Momota tomorrow. – Bernama

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