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Why Lee Zii Jia and PV Sindhu practised together ahead of All England Open 2024? Revealed

Published at :March 13, 2024 at 9:30 PM
Modified at :March 13, 2024 at 9:32 PM
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Ajay Gandhar

Both Shuttlers have made it to Round of 16.

In an unexpected turn of events ahead of the All England Open 2024, Malaysia’s badminton star Lee Zii Jia was spotted honing his skills with none other than India’s PV Sindhu, a former world champion. Both stars were seen practicing before the BWF Super 1000 tournament started in Birmingham.

The unexpected absence of Ng Tze Yong from the All England Open 2024 due to a spinal disc issue left Lee without a practice partner. However, the strong camaraderie his coach shares with Sindhu’s current coaches paved the way for an unconventional yet fortuitous training session with Sindhu.

Lee, who has had a rocky start to the season with no advancement past the quarterfinals has a bit of change in fortune as he turned over Japan’s Kodai Naraoka in the All England Open 2024 first round with a score of 21-12, 21-19. This victory avenged his previous loss to Naraoka at the Indian Open.

The road ahead is not easy as he encounters Loh Kean Yew of Singapore, the 2021 men’s singles world champion, in the next round for a place in the quarterfinals.

The training session with Sindhu. who, fresh off her victory over Michelle Lee in the Round of 32, brings a wealth of experience and skill to the practice court. This cross-training with a top female shuttler could provide Lee with the diverse gameplay perspectives needed to navigate his challenging draw.

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Lee Zii Jia’s upcoming performance in Birmingham will significantly indicate his preparedness to overcome the season’s challenges and potentially recapture the spotlight that has so far evaded him.

The partnership with Sindhu could serve as the turning point for Lee Zii Jia, providing him with the competitive advantage necessary to surpass his quarter-final hurdle and advance far into one of badminton’s most esteemed tournaments.

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