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Malaysian wins men’s title in Asia Championsh­ips 2022

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CEBU – Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia captured his first-ever Asian title as he prevailed over Jonatan Christie of Indonesia, 21-17, 23-21, in the men’s singles finals of the Smart Badminton Asia Championsh­ips 2022 last Sunday at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex in Muntinlupa City.

Lee Zii Jia, the seventh-ranked player in the world, gained 12,000 points for BWF World Rankings to create some separation over the eighth-ranked Christie who received 10,200. The other semifinali­sts in China’s Weng Hong Yang and Indonesia’s Chico Auta Dwi Wardoyo bagged 8,400 points each.

Almost two years and seven months after getting his first-ever Southeast Asian Games gold in this very same venue, Lee made another first with this Asian title.

“This is a very special place for me,” Lee shared. “I would like to thank the fans in the Philippine­s and around the world, especially my hometown, Malaysia, for the support. I think this is the best present for them. This is how I repay them, and hopefully, more to come.”

 ?? BADMINTON ASIA CHAMPIONSH­IPS ?? Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia extends for a return shot in the men’s singles finals of the SMART Badminton Asia Championsh­ips 202.
MAY 02, 2022
BADMINTON ASIA CHAMPIONSH­IPS Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia extends for a return shot in the men’s singles finals of the SMART Badminton Asia Championsh­ips 202. MAY 02, 2022

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