Malaysia’s top shuttler Zii Jia loses to China’s Shi in All England semi-finals

LONDON, March 19 — Shi Yu Qi dumped out planet amount four Lee Zii Jia in the All England Open semi-finals on Saturday to set up a title clash with fellow Chinese shuttler Li Shi Feng.

Shi battled again from 14-11 down in the opening video game to protected an eventually comfy victory, 21-19, 21-13, above Malaysia’s Lee, who experienced been battling for variety heading into the tournament.

“This week I learned to believe that in myself all over again,” explained Lee. “I doubted myself a great deal and whether I could arrive back again once again as a best participant. I proved it right here.”

Shi is aiming to earn the title for the next time right after his 2018 triumph.

Li attained his 2nd Planet Tour final of the yr by surviving a comeback from Denmark’s Anders Antonsen to win 21-11, 19-21, 21-18.

Li led 17-12 in the next match before Antonsen rallied to drive a decider.

But the globe variety 14 secured victory with three straight details from 18-18 to e-book his location in Sunday’s closing.

Reigning winner and planet quantity a single Akane Yamaguchi was remarkably dumped out of the women’s function by China’s Chen Yu Fei.

The world winner slumped to a 21-17, 21-8 defeat in only 37 minutes as she appeared to struggle with a shoulder problem.

“I have no challenge at all with my bodily problem,” insisted the Japanese star. “She was much more in command.”

Chen will acquire on South Korean planet quantity two Se Younger-an soon after a spectacular second semi-remaining in opposition to Taiwan’s Tzu Ying Tai.

Se saved 4 match details in a thrilling choosing recreation to prevail 17-21, 21-19, 24-22.

“Being in a position to play in this kind of a prestigious final at my age, it’s some thing I cannot express,” stated the 21-12 months-aged Se. — AFP