Lee Zii Jia Rises to Number Two in World Badminton Rankings

BY: Michelle Liew

National singles champion, Lee Zii Jia climbed one step to be ranked second in the world, despite failing to win the Denmark Open last Sunday.

Although he lost to the Chinese player, Shi Yuqi 18-21, 21-16, 12-21 in the final action, the success of appearing runner-up at the BWF Super 750 World Tour level tournament gave him good points to improve his ranking position. He managed to collect 9,350 points in the tournament.

This is Zii Jia’s career best thus far by collecting a total of 92,528 points, trailing behind Danish player Viktor Axelsen (122,606 points).

National player Leong Jun Hao also climbed up the world ranking after emerging as the Indonesian Masters champion last Sunday which spurred his motivation.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday also announced that Jun Hao, 23, received a sudden rise of 28 places to rank 73 in the world.

For the men's doubles category, world champion Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik remained in fourth place.

Duos Ong Yew Sin-Teo Eei Yi and Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani are still maintaining their current ninth and 10th place.

The country's number one mixed doubles team, Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, has risen one step to be ranked ninth in the world.