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Surprise win for Zii Jia

PETALING JAYA: Teenage shuttler Lee Zii Jia pulled off a stunning win over sixth seed Qiao Bin of China to storm into the quarter-finals of the Bitburger Open in Germany.
The 19-year-old Zii Jia, the world No. 55, took just 37 minutes to oust world No. 33 Qiao Bin 21-17, 21-12 in the third round at the Saarlandhalle Arena in Saarbrucken on Thursday.
The 11th-seeded Zii Jia will face third seed Brice Leverdez of France for a place in the semi-finals.
The 31-year-old Leverdez, who stunned Malaysian world No. 8 Lee Chong Wei in the first round of the Glasgow World Championships in August, edged Taiwan’s Lin Yu-hsien 18-21, 21-9, 21-6 on Thursday.
“Maybe Qiao Bin underestimated me. I just took my chances.
“This win has boosted my confidence but I’m still the underdog heading into the quarter-finals.
“The pressure is off me and I just hope to enjoy my game.”
Sixteenth seed Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, however, fell short after losing 17-21, 21-15, 8-21 to fifth seed Huang Yuxiang of China.
In men’s doubles, Goh V Shem-Teo Ee Yi and Ong Yew Sin-Tan Wee Kiong powered into the last eight.
V Shem-Ee Yi were made to slog before pulling off a 21-19, 10-21, 21-19 second-round win over China’s He Jiting-Tan Qiang.
They will meet Indonesian fourth seeds Fajar Alfian-Muhd Rian Ardianto next.
Yew Sin-Wee Kiong downed Denmark’s Mathias Bay Smidt-Frederik Sogaard 21-18, 21-17 to set up a last-eight clash with another Danish pair – second seeds Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
RESULTS
(Malaysians only)
> Second round
Men’s doubles: Ong Yew Sin-Tan Wee Kiong bt Mathias Bay Smidt-Frederik Sogaard (Den) 21-18, 21-17; Bodin Issara-Nipitphon Puangpuapech (Tha) bt Ooi Zi Heng-Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub 21-12,
21-8; Goh V Shem-Teo Ee Yi bt He Jiting-Tan Qiang (Chn) 21-19, 10-21, 21-19.
Women’s doubles: Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) bt Soong Fie Cho-Tee Jing Yi 21-8, 21-10.
> Third round
Men’s singles: Lee Zii Jia bt Qiao Bin (Chn) 21-17, 21-12; Huang Yuxiang (Chn) bt Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-17, 15-21, 21-8.
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