Zii Jia and Lai-Lim make it to Australian Open final


- AFP

PETALING JAYA: Men’s singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia overcame a shaky start to book his spot in the Australian Open final on Saturday (June 15).

World No. 8 Zii Jia clawed his way back a game down to win 10-21, 21-15, 21-10 in 56 minutes against world No. 37 Lee Chia-hao of Taiwan at the Quaycentre in Sydney Olympic Park.

It was his third win in six meetings.

Super shot: Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia hits a return to Taiwan's Lee Chia-hao during their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open  in Sydney. - AFPSuper shot: Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia hits a return to Taiwan's Lee Chia-hao during their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open in Sydney. - AFP

He will next play Japan’s Kodai Naraoka, who defeated Taiwan’s Lin Chun-yi 22-20, 23-21 in another semi-final match.

Lai Pei Jing had a day of mixed fortune.

Pei Jing made it to the final in the women's doubles with Lim Chiew Sien. The duo defeated Hong Kong’s Yeung Nga Ting-Yeung Pui Lam 21-13, 18-21, 21-14 to set up match against Febriana Dwipuji-Amalia Cahaya of Indonesia.

It's over for Pei Jing in the mixed doubles with Tan Kian Meng when they bowed out 11-21, 11-21 to China’s Jiang Zhenbang-Wei Yaxin in the semi-finals.

Men’s doubles duo Choong Hon Jian-Mohd Haikal Nazri also crashed out in the semis after losing 18-21, 9-21 to top seeds He Jiting-Ren Xiangyu of China.

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