Sindhu opens Malaysia Masters campaign with win; Zii Jia triumphs

PV Sindhu opened her Malaysia Masters Super 500 campaign with a win, while Lee Zii Jia did not disappoint the home fans on Wednesday.

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SINDHU OPENS MALAYSIA OPEN CAMPAIGN BY BEATING GILMOUR

Sindhu opened her Malaysia Masters campaign by posting a 21-17 21-16 victory over Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour.

The Indian superstar raced to a 7-1 lead before holding off Gimour’s comeback to take the opening set.

The two-time Olympic medallist subdued Gilmour in 46 minutes in her first match after skipping the Uber Cup and Thailand Open.

Sindhu is seeking to win another individual title since last winning it all in the 2022 Singapore Open.

The World No.15 will next face Sim Yu Jin of South Korea in the next round.

ZII JIA AVOIDS MALAYSIA MASTERS LETDOWN, BEATS ZHAO

Zii Jia did not disappoint his Malaysian home fans as he rallied to beat China’s Zao Jun Peng, 19-21, 21-11, 21-14.

The World No.10 overcame a close loss in the opening set as he used the momentum from winning the Thailand Open last week.

“I’m very happy to get the win, although I lost the first game,” Zii Jia said.

“Jun Pen is a tough opponent who has beaten me before so yes, I’m very happy to get the win.”

“As I have mentioned, the confidence found in Thailand really helped me manage the disappointment of losing the first game,” he added.

ZII JIA READY FOR INDIA’S KIRAN IN NEXT ROUND

Zii Jia hopes to go on a deep run in the Malaysia Masters this time after reaching the semifinals in 2020.

He is wary but ready to face India’s World No.36 Kiran George in the next round.

George beat Takuma Obayashi of Japan, 21-16, 21-17, to earn a shot at Zii Jia.

“Players like Kiran are what you would call a rising star,” the World No.10 said.

“I have to be wary because players like him will have no pressure, no fear, and will go all out to get the upset.”

“This is a challenge I have to manage. I hope I can continue my good form for a long time,” he added.