Zii Jia is 'good to go' for the Indonesia Open

Kuala Lumpur: World No 5 Lee Zii Jia is not suffering from a serious injury and is good to play at this week's Indonesia Open, his coach Indra Wijaya confirmed today.

On Friday, the 24-year-old men's singles shuttler crashed out in the quarter-finals of the Super 500 Indonesia Masters after losing in three games to Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

Initially, many thought Zii Jia had sustained an injury during the match as the Kedah-born was seen punching his right thigh.

Indra said: "Yes, we feared the worst too because everybody saw Zii Jia in some discomfort in the second and third games. He also kept punching his right thigh.

"Thankfully, we had a few days of rest, and Zii Jia was able to undergo rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

"There is no need for panic as it is not a serious injury. He is good to go for the Indonesia Open."

The Indonesian is also relieved that Zii Jia did not come down with food poisoning like many other shuttlers who were in different hotels in Jakarta.

"Our team (including Zii Jia) are lucky because the hotel we were staying at did not report any case of food poisoning. Those affected were all from different hotels in the city.

"So far, it is all systems go from our side," he added.

On Sunday, world No 1 Viktor Axelsen clinched his second Open title this season with a comfortable 21-10, 21-12 win over world No 4 Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan in the final at the Istora Senayan Stadium.

On what he thinks about the current men's singles playing field, Indra said: "It's an open affair, not just about ranking anymore.

"Anybody can spring a surprise on their day. My advice to Zii Jia is to treat every match, even from the first round, the same. Give your all, and take them one step at a time."

Zii Jia, who won the Asia Championships and Thailand Open titles last month, will kick-start his Indonesia Open campaign against Thailand's Sitthikom Thammasin.

Barring any upsets, the Malaysian will face world No 3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark or Singapore's reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Also in the top half of the draw are defending champion Axelsen and Anthony.

Former world No 1 Lee Chong Wei was the last Malaysian men's singles to win the Indonesia Open crown, achieved in 2016.

Most Popular
Related Article
Says Stories