Lee Zii Jia booked his place in the Badminton Asia Championships quarter-finals at the expense of Indonesian opponent Shesar Hiren Rhustavito with a 21-14, 22-20 victory in 32 minutes on Thursday.
Unlike on Wednesday when he was slow off the blocks, it was a different Lee this time where he made the Indonesian work overtime from the offset.
Lee’s net play was excellent as he controlled the rallies from start to finish and even managed a few of his signature backhand smashes that got the crowd excited.
Rhustavito managed to storm back in the second game with an 11-6 lead, but Lee closed the gap soon enough and eventually came away with the win sealed in deuce.
He next contends against Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama for a place in the semi-finals.
Day 3 Smart Badminton Asia Championships 2022: Results Update— Badminton Asia (@Badminton_Asia) April 28, 2022
Men's Singles R16
Lee Zii Jia ?? vs Shesar Hiren Rhustavito ?? : 21-14, 22-20
?: Jerry Lee & Emman Flavier #Badminton #BadmintonAsia #BAC2022 pic.twitter.com/SaeVJj3RuI
In the men’s doubles, German Open champions Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin were equally in fine form as they needed 33 minutes to beat Kang Min-hyuk-Kim Won-ho 21-17, 21-17 to face Chinese pair Ren Xiang Yu-Tan Qiang next.
Man Wei Chong-Kai Wun Tee also came away with a straight game success, but could face Liu Yu Chen-Ou Xuan Yi/Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto next.
Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, who were the last pair in action on Thursday, also won in straight games and next face India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty.
The mixed doubles saw Korea Open champions Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing continue their excellent run to beat Indian pair Ishaan Bhatnagar-Tanisha Crasto 21-18, 21-18.
They have a litmus test in the last eight against one of the top pairs in Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino.
Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah are also into the quarter-finals after overcoming Hong Kong pair Yeung Nga Ting-Yeung Pui Lam 21-13, 23-21.
The seventh seeds are up against Japanese duo Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota on Friday.
The rest of the national shuttler’s challenge ended on Thursday.
Of the lot, Liew Daren fought the hardest before going down 14-21, 21-13, 19-21 to fourth seed Jonatan Christie in the men’s singles.
Chen Tan Jie-Peck Yen Wei, Anna Ching-Teoh Mei Xing, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, S.Kisona and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai were the others who followed suit after their respective losses.