Datuk Lee Chong Wei has been rested for the Badminton Asia Team Championships men’s semifinal tie against China later this evening. Taking over as the first singles will be Lee Zii Jia, who has has been impressive in the matches he has played thus far.

Irrespective of the outcome of today’s game, Malaysia have already booked their place in the Thomas Cup Finals in Bangkok in May this year. Malaysia secured their slot following a smashing 3-0 victory over Hong Kong in the quarterfinals yesterday.

In the match line-up released here today, Zii Jia will face China’s Shi Yuqi in the opening game. Doubles aces and Olympic silver medallists, Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong will face He Jiting-Tan Qiang in the second tie.

Soong Joo Ven comes on next and will battle Qiao Bin before Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi take on Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong. The fifth tie will see Iskandar Zulkarnain battling Zhao Junpeng. 

In the other semifinals between South Korea and Indonesia, rising singles star Jonatan Christie will take on season singles shuttler, Son Wan Ho. 


Semifinal Match Line-Ups

China vs Malaysia

Shi Yuqi vs Lee Zii Jia

He Jiting-Tan Qiang vs Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong 

Qiao Bin vs Soong Joo Ven 

Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong vs Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi 

Zhao Junpeng vs Iskandar Zulkarnain


South Korea vs Indonesia

Son Wan Ho vs Jonatan Christie

Chung Eui Seok-Seung Jae Seo vs Mohammad Ahsan-Angga Pratama

Jeon Hyeok Jin vs Ihsan Maulana Mustofa

Choi Solgyu-Kim Dukyoung vs Rian Agung Saputro-Hendra Setiawan

Lee Dong Kuen vs Firman Abdul Kholik

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