Zii Jia's first round misery continues

KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Zii Jia's first-round jinx continued at the Japan Open today.

The World No 18 lost 20-22, 21-17, 21-19 to Japan's Kenta Nishimoto in Tokyo.

Though Zii Jia won the hard-fought first set, defending champion Nishimoto stamped his superiority eventually.

The Malaysian had failed to get past the first round in his last three tournaments: Korea Open, Indonesia Open and the Singapore Open.

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