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Why did Lee Zii Jia retire from his quarter-final match at Indonesia Masters 2024?

Published at :January 26, 2024 at 9:01 PM
Modified at :January 27, 2024 at 2:42 PM
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Lee Zii Jia was seen in bit of discomfort in quarterfinals

Malaysia’s top badminton player Lee Zii Jia had to withdraw from the Indonesia Masters 2024 quarter-final match against Canada’s Brian Yang due to food poisoning, his team announced on Friday.

Lee, who is ranked 10th in the world, was trailing 14-21 in the first game when he decided to retire from the match. He looked visibly unwell and lacked the usual energy and aggression he had shown in his previous matches.

Team LZJ tweeted, Unfortunately, Lee Zii Jia had to retire mid-match as his body conditions deteriorated after a severe case of food poisoning for the past couple of days. Zii Jia tried his best to perform but was unable to complete the match against Brian Yang.

Lee’s withdrawal ended his impressive run at the Indonesia Masters, where he had reached the quarter-finals for the first time in his career. He had defeated India’s Kidambi Srikanth and Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus in the earlier rounds, showing his all-round strength and skills.

Lee Zii Jia is Malaysia’s top men’s singles badminton player. He made his debut in 2016 and has since risen to the top 10 in the world rankings. He has won several titles and medals, including the All England Open, the Thailand Open, and the bronze at the World Championships.

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He also represented Malaysia at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and the Sudirman Cup 2023. He is regarded as the successor of the legendary Lee Chong Wei and the leader of the Malaysian badminton team.

Lee’s fans and fellow players expressed their sympathy and support for him on social media, wishing him a speedy recovery and hoping to see him back on court soon.

Yang will face Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the semi-finals, while the other semi-final will feature Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn and Denmark’s Anders Antonsen.

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