CASINOPINO.INFO – The Badminton Association of Malaysia coaching director Wong Choong Hann. Lee Zii Jia to stamp his mark at the World Champion-ships in Basel, Switzerland from Aug 26-Sept 1.
Choong Hann feels the 21-year-old Prediksi HK should make the most of his outing in the absence of several top singles shuttlers including Shi Yuqi of China.
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen and South Korea’s Son Wan-ho, all ruled out due to injuries. Zii Jia who will be making his debut has been tipped to reach the quarter-finals.
where he is expected to face defending champion and world No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan. The world No. 14 faces Brazilian Ygor Coelho in the opening hurdle
with Lu Guangzu of China and Kenta Nishimoto of Japan likely to be his potential second and third round oppone.
“Zii Jia has a good chance and we’re looking at him taking on Kento Momota,” said Choong Hann, who became the first-ever Malaysian men’s singles medallist at the world meet Poker Online when he won silver in Birmingham in 2003.
“We have to prepare him well on the world’s biggest stage.” Choong Hann said while Momota and world No. 2 Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan are going to be the player to beat in Basel, he does not rule out that the competition could turn out to be an open affair.
He expects to see some young stars rising to the occasion, and that includes Zii Jia.
“I think the men’s singles is the most open (category) because of the absence of Axelsen and Yuqi,” added Choong Hann.
“Of course the favourites are Momota and Tien-chen.
“But there are a lot of upcoming youngsters out there currently making a name for themselves like Anders Antonsen (Denmark), Anthony Ginting and Jonatan Christie (Indonesia) and Zii Jia too”.
The team’s arguably best hopes – men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik. And Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and mixed pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing – have received a daunting draw.
All-England runners-up Aaron-Wooi Yik could face reigning world champions Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen
of China as early as the third round while Soon Huat-Shevon and Kian Meng-Pei Jing find themselves in the same quarter as compatriots world No. 5. Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Thailand’s world No. 4 Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerat-tanachai respectively.
“Although our players are not among the favourites, it doesn’t mean we stand no chance,” stressed Choong Hann.