Lee Steps Up On Home Turf – Malaysia Masters: Day 4

Lee Zii Jia made it a memorable day for home fans at the PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2020 with an exciting three-game quarterfinal victory over seventh seed Shi Yu Qi today.

The local hope came good in a climactic ending, edging Shi 12-21 21-16 21-19 to make his first semifinal at a top-tier event on home soil.

It was level pegging until 18-all in the third, but a rasping backhand from Lee caught Shi by surprise. The Chinese saved one match point but on the second, Lee stuck his racket out in a reflex reaction, and Shi could only send the shuttle weakly back into the net.

Lee next faces top seed Kento Momota, who overcame Huang Yu Xiang 21-13 19-21 21-9.

Ng Ka Long Angus pipped Jonatan Christie.

“I must admit Yu Qi wasn’t at his best. You could see him struggling with his movement. But he is still a top shuttler who is very experienced and I couldn’t match him in the first game. Thankfully, I slowly found my rhythm and came back in the second and third. This week has been great, I have definitely improved and am more composed on court,” said Lee.

In the bottom half of the draw, Ng Ka Long Angus made his first semifinal since the Thailand Open in August, as he edged Jonatan Christie 15-21 21-12 21-18.

Talking Point

“After the Thailand Open (in August), I was struggling in the quarterfinals and I couldn’t go further. So this is a really great win for me at the start of 2020. I was very nervous today. I had to push myself to have more confidence on court,” – Ng Ka Long Angus.

Minions Fall

Men’s doubles defending champions Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo couldn’t capitalise on three match points and were shown the door by compatriots Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto.

An emotional win for Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto.

The top seeds led 20-17 in the third after trailing 10-17, but their 10-point sequence was broken by Alfian/Ardianto, who prevailed 21-19 17-21 23-21.

Another Indonesian pair, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, made their way into the semifinals in the bottom half of the draw, where they take on Li Jun Hui/Liu Yu Chen.

Other Results

  • Dutch mixed doubles pair Robin Tabeling/Selena Piek were left to rue their missed opportunity, after they let go of a 10-5 lead in the third and fell to second seeds Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping, 19-21 21-8 21-15.
  • Women’s singles second seed Chen Yu Fei dismissed young challenger Wang Zhi Yi 21-19 21-14, and will take on Carolina Marin in the semifinals. The top half will see Tai Tzu Ying against He Bing Jiao.
  • Women’s doubles fourth seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi nearly pulled off an escape act against Du Yue/Li Yin Hui by saving four match points, but the Chinese stopped them in the nick of time, 17-21 21-19 22-20.

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