Golden chance for Zii Jia

New Straits Times - - Sport -

YOUNG­STER Lee Zii Jia will get his first taste of com­pet­ing in a ma­jor se­nior tour­na­ment af­ter be­ing in­cluded in the Malaysian Sudirman Cup squad.

The 19-year-old men’s sin­gles will join the likes of World No 1 Lee Chong Wei and Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din as the team head to Gold Coast, Aus­tralia for the mixed team event next week.

Zii Jia will likely not fea­ture in any of the ties but for BA of Malaysia (BAM) tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Morten Frost, it’s the ex­pe­ri­ence that mat­ters.

“We have in­cluded Lee Zii Jia in the squad and he will be one of the backup shut­tlers for the men’s sin­gles.

“He is the only ad­di­tional in­clu­sion and he will be there to train with Chong Wei and Iskan­dar.

“Yes he may not play in any of the ties but for him to be there and to get the feel of be­ing part of a ma­jor tour­na­ment is some­thing to be proud off. It will do him so much good,” said Frost.

Zii Jia was pro­moted to the se­nior squad ear­lier this year af­ter show­ing prom­ise in the ju­nior setup.

At the world ju­nior cham­pi­onships in Bil­bao, Spain last year, Zii Jia fin­ished with a bronze medal in the in­di­vid­ual event and sil­ver in the team event.

The Kedah-born shut­tler’s best re­sult this year was reach­ing the semi-fi­nals of the Thai­land Masters GP Gold in Fe­bru­ary.

The other play­ers in the Sudirman Cup squad are Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Ong Yew Sin, Teo Ee Yi, Goh Jin Wei, Soniia Cheah Su Ya, Vi­vian Hoo Kah Mun, Woon Khe Wei, Chow Mei Kuan, Lee Meng Yean, Chan Peng Soon, Tan Kian Meng, Lai Pei Jing and Cheah Yee See.

Malaysia are in Group 1C with Ja­pan and Ger­many. Fabian Peter other com­bi­na­tions.

“When I’m paired with Pei Jing, Kian Meng is tested with Yee See and it’s the other way round when Kian Meng is paired with Pei Jing, so we all get a feel of each other’s game,” said Peng Soon.

On Malaysia’s chances of ad­vanc­ing fur­ther than the quar­ter­fi­nals, Peng Soon said: “I think we have got the po­ten­tial to go far.

“We just need to fo­cus on our own in­di­vid­ual strengths and try to help the team the best we can. There are no two ways to this. We all have got to do our part.”

Malaysia, open their cam­paign against Ger­many on May 23. The other team in Group 1C are 2014 Thomas Cup cham­pi­ons Ja­pan. Fabian Peter

Lee Zii Jia will be one of the backup shut­tlers for the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia next week.

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