Badminton: Zii Jia suffers shock first round exit in French Open

PETALING JAYA: World No. 8 Lee Zii Jia has suffered a shocking first round exit at the French Open after losing to Singapore's Loh Kean Yew on Wednesday (Oct 27).

The 23-year-old went down 22-24, 14-21 to mark his first defeat to the world No. 40 in four meetings.

Zii Jia had previously pipped the Penang-born Kean Yew to the gold medal at the Philippines SEA Games in 2019.

Playing in his fourth tournament in as many weeks might have taken its toll on Zii Jia.

The match against Kean Yew was his 11th in the span of 30 days.

Zii Jia has also been entered for the Hylo Open in Germany next week, but it remains to be seen if he will proceed with the plan.

In the men's doubles, Olympics bronze medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik have cleared their opening hurdle by defeating compatriots Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen 25-23, 21-12.

Newly-formed women's doubles pair Lee Meng Yean-Yap Cheng Wen are also through following a 21-12, 21-17 win over Ukraine's Mariia Stoliarenko-Yelvzaveta Zharka.

In the mixed doubles, Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei gave a good account of themselves by pushing second seeds Praveen Jordan-Melati Oktavianti to the limit before going down 20-22, 19-21.

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