PETALING JAYA: Youngster Lee Zii Jia finally bagged his maiden senior title at the Polish International Series badminton championships.
Yesterday, the 19-year-old Zii Jia, touted to be the country’s future star, defeated Soong Joo Ven 21-17, 21-16 in 33 minutes in an all-Malaysian men’s singles final in Beirun.
Said Zii Jia: “This is my first international title since I joined the national team last year. Hopefully, there’ll be more.”
On Saturday, Joo Ven outplayed Ukrainian Artem Pochtarov 21-16, 21-16 while Lee Zii Jia whipped Dane David Kim Kristensen 21-16, 21-11.
The biggest disappointment for Malaysia was the meltdown of second-ranked men’s singles shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin.
He was sent packing in the first round, losing 8-21, 19-21 to Michal Rogalski of Poland.
Malaysia only took part in the men’s singles of the fifth-tier tournament.