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Zii Jia crashes out in first round of French Open

National badminton men’s singles ace Lee Zii Jia crashed out in the opening round of the French Open when he fell 19-21, 18-21 to unseeded Indonesian Shesar Hiren Rhustavito today. 

The Indonesian needed just 44 minutes to subdue the third-seeded Zii Jia at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris. 

In tomorrow’s second round, world number 24 Rhustavito will take on Japan’s Kodai Naraoka, who ousted Canadian Brian Yang 21-15, 21-18 in the opening round. 

On Sunday, Zii Jia finished runner-up in the Denmark Open after going down 18-21, 21-16, 12-21 to China’s Shi Yuqi. 

24-year-old Zii Jia managed to move one rung up the world ranking to the number two spot based on the latest ranking list issued by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) today. 

the partnership of Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai found themselves no match for Indonesians Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto-Lisa Ayu Kusumawati, going down 14-21, 10-21. 

Scottish pair Julie Macpherson-Ciara Torrance sent Malaysians Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien packing in the first round with a hard-fought 6-21, 21-13, 21-18 win