World C'ships q-final clash with Lakshya likely for Zii Jia, stern test for debutant Tze Yong

PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 men's singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia could cross swords with India's newly-crowned Birmingham Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lakshya Sen in the quarter-finals of the World Championships from Aug 21-28 in Tokyo.

Based on the draw for the world meet released on Wednesday (Aug 10), Zii Jia could meet either world No. 10 Lakshya or Japan's world No. 2 Kento Momota in the last eight.

Before that, the Malaysian world No. 5 who should have no problems getting past the first and second rounds will most probably have to get past a tricky hurdle in the third round against another Indian, world No. 13 K. Srikanth, or China's Zhao Junpeng.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ng Tze Yong, who will be making his debut in the prestigious tournament, is facing a stern test.

Tze Yong will face Indonesia's Malaysian Masters champion Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in the first round.

If the Malaysian world No. 42 wins, he could cross swords with Japan's world No. 14 Kanta Tsuneyama next.

A win against the Japanese will most probably pit Tze Yong against Denmark's top seed and favourite Viktor Axelsen in the third round.

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