Zii Jia meets Momota in All-England quarter-finals, three Mas pairs through too

Lee Zii Jia in action during the All-England in Birmingham. Pix from www.badmintonphoto.com

PETALING JAYA: Can Lee Zii Jia make this year's All-England a special one too?

Zii Jia has a good chance to do so as he will take on Kento Momota of Japan in the quarter-finals of the men's singles in the All-England at Arena Birmingham on Friday (about 7pm Malaysian time).

On Thursday, Zii Jia took only 35 minutes to blow away Hans Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-12, 21-13 while Momota defeated H.S. Prannoy of India 21-15, 21-14 in another second round match.

Zii Jia reached the semi-finals at last year's edition but he had been battling with confidence issue since producing uninspiring results in tournaments held in Thailand in January.

The Malaysian has lost in all his six meetings against Momota, with their last encounter being the 2020 Malaysian Masters. Momota defeated Zii Jia in the semi-finals before going on to winning the title - which was the last international tournament he had played since making a return to Birmingham.

The other men's singles quarter-final match-ups are as follows Viktor Axelsen (Den) vs Sitthikom Thammasin (Tha); Lakshya Sen (Ind) vs Mark Caljouw (Ned); Kanta Tsuneyama (Jpn) vs Anders Antonsen (Den).

The other Malaysians who made it through to the quarter-finals are Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing and Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah.

World No. 7 mixed doubles pair Peng Soon-Liu Ying face the most improved pair from France Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue, who ended the run of Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei with a 21-19, 20-22, 211-4 win in the second round on Thursday.

Kian Meng-Pei Jing, who beat Steven Stallwood-Annie Lado of England 21-15, 21-15, will meet second seeds Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino of Japan in the quarter-finals.

Swiss Open winners Pearly-Thinaah, who are the surprise women's doubles quarter-finallists, have set up a meeting against fifth seeds Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida of Japan. They had defeated England's Jessica Hopton-Jenny Moore 21-18, 21-7 in the second round.
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