Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in action against Japan’s Kento Momota in the World Championships quarter-finals in Basel on August 23, 2019. AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s not China but Japanese players that were the Great Wall that stood in the way of Malaysian shuttlers in badminton’s World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

Yesterday, Lee Zii Jia was ousted 12-21, 8-21 by Japan’s world champion Kento Momota in the men’s singles quarter-finals.

In the mixed doubles last eight, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying lost 21-18, 12-21, 11-21 to Japan’s

Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino in the last eight.