BWF World Championships 2023 Day 3 Highlights as Lee Zii Jia crashed out in Round of 16 by no other than Anders Antonsen in straight games.
This year, all the stars from around the globe gather in Denmark to battle for the unarguably most honorable sports titles. M88 Mansion sponsors BWF World Championships 2023.
BWF World Championships 2023 – Highlights
After the Malaysia badminton Lee Zii Jia ace started the world title in Copenhagen with a famous victory over seeded Jonatan Christie, there were beliefs that the unseeded could reach the very end of the elite tournament.
But two-time world medallist Anders Antonsen outplayed Lee Zii Jia to win straight games at the BWF World Championships to reach the quarterfinal round.
The 21-18, 21-17 dominant win tells it all; Antonsen proved to be the superior side in his home country in the Men’s singles Round of 16.
The Dan remains in the hunt for a third World Championship medal as he looks to complete the set after winning silver and bronze in 2019 and 2021.
The pair met in the World Championships quarterfinal s in 2021, where Lee retired hurt due to a blister.
It was tight before Antonsen found the breakthrough, opening a two-point gap (11-9), and Lee could only struggle.
Antonsen managed to take his lead further with a four-point advantage. Lee saved a game point, but the first game belonged to Antonsen, 21-18.
The second game was no different as the home ace opened an early three-point lead before Lee determined for a comeback. The Dane was one step ahead throughout the game until Lee again leveled the scores. But Antonsen wrapped up the game despite a late charge by Lee to secure his place in the quarterfinals, where four Danish shuttlers will be in action.
Next up for Antonsen
Antonsen will next meet the winner of the all-Japanese clash between Nishimoto Kenta and Tsuneyama Kanta.
Another Danish ace, Viktor Axelsen, also managed to earn his place in the quarterfinals.
Reigning Olympic and world champion Axelsen beat Chou Tien-chen 21-13, 21-19 in their Round of 16 clash.
The Dane fought off a gutsy fightback by Chou in the second set to secure the victory to the delight of the home crowd.
Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, Olympic champion Chen Yufei kept her hopes of a maiden world title alive with an impressive 21-14, 21-13 rout of Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark.
Carolina Marín had a comfortable game as the Spanish ace marched into the quarterfinals with a 21-10, 21-18 victory over Burmese badminton player Thet Htar Thuzar.