Viewers are expecting to see fireworks as National No. 1 Lee Zii Jia (李梓嘉) takes on defending champion Chen Long (谌龙) of China in Men’s singles in the last 16 knockout stage.
To recap, the 23-year-old Malaysian badminton player defeated Brice Leverdez of France 21-17, 21-5 in just 35 minutes yesterday. The anticipated Lee Zii Jia vs Chen Long is set to take place later today (Thursday, 29th July) from 5pm onwards (their match is scheduled at 6:15pm).
To watch the match live:
Go to https://tokyo2020.rtm.gov.my/olympics/tv/ and choose Channel 4.
Chen Long was also equally impressive when he won over Pablo Abian of Spain with the 21-11, 21-10 score in 45 minutes. When asked about his chances against Chen Long, Lee Zii Jia replied, “Chen Long is one of my idols in badminton. I grew up watching him play. We also have a lot of respect for each other. Our head-to-head record is 2-2, and it’s always a close battle with him. I’m really looking forward to playing him.”
“This is my first Olympics, and I’m grateful to be in good condition. I have prepared well for this, so I’m hoping to have a good tournament,” Malaysia’s No. 1 singles shuttler added.