Malaysian outlasts his idol Chen long in second round


Back to you: Lee Zii Jia returning a shot to China’s Chen Long during the second-round match of the Indonesian Open men’s singles in Jakarta yesterday. — AFP

PETALING JAYA: National men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia pulled off a stunner in the Indonesian Open when he upset his idol Chen Long in only his first meeting against the top player from China.

The 21-year-old played the best badminton of his career when he stood solid to beat reigning Olympic and two-time world champion Chen Long 21-16, 19-21, 22-20 in a thrilling second-round battle that took 88 minutes at Istora Senayan in Jakarta yesterday.

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