KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Zii Jia’s superior performance experienced compelled Ng Tze Yong (pic) to heat up the bench during the Sudirman Cup in Suzhou, China, last 7 days but it also turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the national No. 2.
The 23-yr-old Tze Yong did not participate in a solitary match as Zii Jia remained unbeaten in the complete event wherever Malaysia attained the semi-finals and missing 1-3 to South Korea.
On the other hand, the world No. 21 did not come to feel slighted but worked difficult at the fitness center to be nicely ready for the Malaysian Masters where he has a rough initial-spherical clash in opposition to Japan’s planet No. 15 Kenta Nishimoto right now.
It would be discouraging to not get the likelihood to see action in a big event like the Sudirman Cup but Malaysia experienced to go with the in-type Zii Jia, who did not place a foot incorrect in Suzhou.
Although Tze Yong did not discuss about his unique target at the Malaysian Open up, he is looking forward to undertaking very well and very clear the initial match in opposition to the considerably improved Japanese shuttler who received the Spanish Masters in March.
“It was the selection of the coaches during the Sudirman Cup. I just have to abide by what the coaches experienced prepared in China.
“Although I did not engage in (a match), I trained a great deal in China. Although the other folks experienced the tournament (Sudirman Cup) to perform, I was operating out at the gymnasium and focusing on improving upon on my stamina.
“I really don’t believe my general performance will be afflicted below simply because I did not engage in a match at the Sudirman Cup.
“This is a distinctive event, different location.
“I have under no circumstances performed him (Nishimoto) ahead of and I will discuss with my mentor and come up a with a gameplan to face him.
“I have geared up nicely and hoping for a very good end result in this tournament.”
The men’s singles attract normally had some near 1st round clashes and Zii Jia, the environment No. 10, did not escape as he performs the hazardous Lu Guangzu of China in his opening match.
The qualifying rounds concluded yesterday with all Malaysians falling by the wayside.
Independent participant Cheam June Wei shed 8-21, 21-7, 14-21 to Taiwan’s Lee Chia-hao in the 2nd spherical of the qualifiers even though Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) shuttler Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin also missed out on a spot in the primary attract right after dropping 21-16, 15-21, 20-22.
A further BAM player Leong Jun Hao was revealed the exit in the very first spherical of the qualifiers when he dropped 22-20, 19-21, 11-21 to Taiwan’s Chi Yu-jen while unbiased player Soong Joo Ven shed 8-21, 18-21 to South Korean Jeon Hyeok-jin in his 1st qualifying match.