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Lee Zii Jia is a Malaysian badminton player. He was the men’s singles gold medalist at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and won the 2021 All England Open Badminton Championship.
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Lee Zii Jia was born on March 29, 1998 (age 23 years) in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia. His parents are Lee Chee Hin and Leow Siet Peng, teachers and former basketball internationals.
He was first introduced to badminton by his parents at the age of 6. In his earlier years, he studied at Keat Hwa H Primary School in Alor Setar, Kedah. Due to his results in the under 12 competition, he was soon drafted into the Bukit Jalil Sports School.
Lee Zii Jia became the junior champion in the Perak and Selangor Badminton Open in 2015. These standout performances and wins in the international circuit earned him a place in the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
In November 2016, Lee won a bronze medal in the World Junior Championships after losing to Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in the semifinals. In the same month, he advanced to the final of the India International Series but was defeated by Lakshya Sen.
Lee reached the semifinals of the Thailand Masters in February 2017, where he lost to Kantaphon Wangcharoen. In September 2017, he won his first senior title at the Polish International, against Soong Joo Ven in the final. In November 2017, Lee reached the semifinals of the Bitburger Open.
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Lee Zii Jia reached the final of the Chinese Taipei Open in October 2018 by defeating the World No. 4 men’s singles player, Chou Tien-Chen in the semifinals. He defeated Riichi Takeshita in the final to win his first BWF World Tour title and second international title overall. In doing so, he became the second Malaysian other than Lee Chong Wei to win a BWF top-flight men’s singles title since 2013. Lee then reached the final of the Korea Masters but lost to Son Wan-ho.
He started the 2019 season by competing in the Thailand Masters. He lost in the quarter-finals to Brice Leverdez of France in straight games. In t he next tournaments, he also finished in the quarter-finals in Malaysia Masters, Indonesia Masters, and German Open. He later lost in the early stage of Swiss, Malaysia, and Singapore Opens. He admitted that he had struggled to cope with financial difficulties, lack of progress and unfairness that affected his performance.
In August, Lee finally managed to make it into the semi-finals in the Thailand Open, where he lost to Chou Tien-Chen of Chinese Taipei. This was nonetheless an improvement to his being a quarter-finalist in New Zealand and Indonesia Opens. He qualified to compete in World Championships in Basel, Switzerland but lost to the World No. 1 men’s singles player, and the eventual World Champion, Kento Momota of Japan in the quarter-finals.
In November, Lee Zii Jia was forced to retire in the second round of the China Open and decided to withdraw as well from the next tournament in Hong Kong, due to suffering from food poisoning and fever. Lee reached world No. 11 in the BWF World ranking on November 12th. In December, he won the men’s singles gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games and also helped the national men’s team win the silver medal.
Lee Zii Jia opened the season by participating in Southeast Asian tours in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand Masters, with his best result being a semi-finalist in Malaysia, wherein he lost to the world number 1 Kento Momota in straight games. In February, he alongside Malaysia men’s team, won the silver medal at the Asia Team Championships, during which time he was the national team captain. He won 4 out of 5 matches in the Asia Team Championships, losing in the final match against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.
Later in March, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe, the German Open was cancelled. Lee’s next tournament was the All England Open, which was also his debut at the tournament because his ranking was previously too low to qualify. He won against Jonatan Christie, who had won in four previous matches.
He continued this win streak against Lu Guangzu and then the Olympic champion Chen Long. In the semi-final match, he lost to Viktor Axelsen. The match lasted for 73 minutes. Further, Lee’s performance at the All England Open raised his world ranking to no. 10 on 17 March 2020.
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Lee Zii Jia won his first Super 1000 tournament in March 2021 at the All England Open, defeating the defending champion Viktor Axelsen by a score of 30–29, 20–22, 21–9. In July 2021, in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics event, Lee took part in the badminton men’s singles and won against Artem Pochtarov with a score of 21-5 and 21-11. In the subsequent match against Brice Leverdez, he won with a score of 21-17 and 21-5. On 29th July 2021, Lee was eliminated during the round of 16 Men’s singles, where he was defeated by Chen Long with a score of 21-8, 19-21, and 5-21.
Lee Zii Jia is currently single and not married. His wife or girlfriend is unknown to the public. He is in a private relationship for now. However, Lee Zii Jia made it to the final of Hylo Open 2021 in Germany on November 7, 2021. He is closer to clinching his first title in eight months after he stormed to the final of Hylo Open 2021 in Germany.
Lee defeated sixth seed player, Srikanth Kidambi of India in the last four to set up a final showdown against the unseeded Loh Kean Yew of Singapore.
Lee Zii Jia net worth
How much is Lee Zii Jia worth? Lee Zii Jia net worth is estimated at around $4 million. His main source of income is from his career as a badminton player. His successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars. He is one of the richest and influential badminton players in Malaysia.