Zii Jia reaches Australian Open last 8; Indian pair lose No.1 ranking

Lee Zii Jia reached the Australian Open last 8 on Thursday, while an Indian pair lost their No.1 ranking in men’s doubles.

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ZII JIA REACHES AUSTRALIAN OPEN LAST 8 AFTER BEATING SOONG JOO VEN

Malaysia’s Zii Jia reached the Australian Open quarterfinals after beating compatriot Soong Joo Ven, 21-18, 21-14.

The world No.8 extended his mastery over Soong to three victories in as many meetings so far.

Zii Jia is playing in his fourth tournament in five weeks as part of his preparations for the Paris Olympics.

“To be honest, I’m quite tired both mentally and physically. It’s my fourth tournament already,” the Malaysian said.

“But the good thing is that I’ve been constantly making it to the quarterfinals,” he added.

Zii Jia will next play Japanese No.7 seed Kenta Nishimoto for a place in the semifinals.

INDIAN PAIR LOSE NO.1 RANKING TO CHINESE TANDEM

India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, meanwhile, lose their world No.1 ranking to their Chinese counterparts.

Satwiksairaj and Chirag dropped to No.3 based on the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that were released on Tuesday.

China’s Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang replaced them as world No.1 followed by new No.2 Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

Chirag and Satwik won the Thailand Open in May but lost in the first round of the Singapore Open last month.

Moreover, the Indian pair pulled out of their title defense at the Indonesia Oen last week, hurting their chances to keep their top ranking.

SHI YU QI TOPPLES AXELSEN AS MEN’S NEW WORLD NO.1

Shi Yu Qi of China has replaced Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen as the new world No.1 in men’s singles based on the new BWF rankings.

Furthermore, Shi drew strength from his title wins at the Singapore and Indonesia Open to unseat Axelsen.

Axelsen held the No.1 spot for 132 weeks – or two and a half years – before yielding it to Shi.

Kento Momota of Japan was the last player to hold the No.1 spot not named Axelsen on November 23, 2021, before the Danish shuttler took over.

Interestingly, Jonatan Christie of Indonesia is at No.3, followed by Dane Anders Antonsen, while Zii Jia remains at world No.7.