Lee Zii Jia to face Angus in Indonesia Open; Axelsen withdraws

Lee Zii Jia will face Angus Ng of Hong Kong for his opening Indonesia Open match, even as Viktor Axelsen withdrew from the tournament.

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ZII JIA TO FACE ANGUS FOR THIRD TIME IN 17 DAYS

Zii Jia will face Angus for the third time in 17 days in the Indonesian Open, which will start on Wednesday.

Furthermore, Malaysia’s world No.9 defeated Angus in their matchups at the Malaysia and Thailand Open as well as the Malaysia Masters semifinals.

Additionally, Zii Jia hopes to repeat over his Hong Kong foe in their fourth faceoff this year at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta.

Angus emerged as Zii Jia’s first-round opponent due to the withdrawal of Axelsen.

Meanwhile, Christo Popov of France was Zii Jia’s original foe in the earlier draw.

AXELSEN WITHDRAWS FROM INDONESIA OPEN DUE TO ANKLE INJURY

Axelsen was forced to withdraw from the Indonesia Open due to his ankle injury.

The world No.1 sustained the injury at the recent Singapore Open, where he also withdraw from his semifinal match.

“I’ve been trying all I can to get ready for the Indonesia Open. But unfortunately, I’m not fit to play,” Axelsen wrote on social media.

“Will miss playing here in Jakarta. I promise to be back soon again,” he added.

The 30-year-old Dane hopes to defend his men’s singles title at the Paris Olympics next month.

JONATAN CHRISTIE HOPES TO IMPRESS HOME FANS AT INDONESIA OPEN

Home favorite Jonatan Christie, meanwhile, hopes to impress his countrymen once the tournament starts.

The world No.3 is brimming with confidence as he expects to crowd Zii Jia and the other top names in the race to the title.

“This is one of the biggest matches at the individual level. Moreover, this is home. I, as an athlete, hope to be the best here,” Jonatan said.

“My preparation so far has been great and I will discuss some things again with the coach about the strategy during the play so that I can win in the first game immediately,” he added.

The Indonesian superstar shuttler, furthermore, is using the tournament to collect points before the Paris Games.

“Our focus is on collecting points for the Olympics seeding,” Jonatan said.