Lee Seeks to Reignite Passion With Temporary Break

Lee Zii Jia’s rollercoaster year continued into the KAPAL API GROUP Indonesia Open 2023 with his second straight first round loss, and then the Malaysian dropped a bombshell by announcing a temporary break from badminton.

The world No.11, semifinalist at the All England and the Swiss Open, looked forlorn as he crashed out to Lakshya Sen, who is himself rebounding from a series of below-par performances due to ill-health. Lee’s body language fell in the second game as he went down 21-17 21-13 in 33 minutes.

Lee said he’d been contemplating a temporary break until he rediscovered his passion for the game.

“Lakshya played very well today,” said a downcast Lee. “I think for now I will probably temporarily quit badminton. I don’t know how long I will take, but I will quit badminton for a while, until I get motivation again. I will take a break and get rest for a while.”

Lee’s uncertainty was apparent when he said he wasn’t thinking of qualification for Paris 2024 just yet.

“Maybe I will stop playing tournaments — I don’t know for how long. I have been considering this for quite long. It’s too much for me on court, I can’t concentrate 100 per cent. It will be good for me to take a break. The priority for me is to find my passion on court. I did well at the Sudirman Cup, but I haven’t done much different after that.”

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