Lee Zii Jia faces tough draw at All England Open 2024

Conor Hudson

Thu Mar 14 2024

Lee Zii Jia
All England Open
Naraoka Kodai
Loh Kean Yew
Anders Antonsen

The reigning champion of the All England Open 2021, Lee Zii Jia, has found himself in a challenging position as he received a difficult draw for the 2024 edition of the prestigious tournament. With formidable opponents looming from the early rounds, the Malaysian star is set to face a tough road ahead.

In the first round of the men's singles event, Lee Zii Jia will clash with Naraoka Kodai of Japan, currently ranked 6th in the world, despite only winning against him once in their previous encounters. Naraoka recently defeated Lee Zii Jia at the India Open last month, adding to the pressure of their upcoming match. Should Lee Zii Jia overcome the 6th seed, he may potentially face former world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the following round. Loh Kean Yew, on the other hand, will have to navigate his own tough battle against Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong, a challenging opponent in his own right.

Looking ahead, if Lee Zii Jia progresses past the initial rounds, his quarterfinal opponent could likely be Anders Antonsen from Denmark, currently seated at 3rd in the world rankings. This scenario sets the stage for Lee Zii Jia to face three top-tier opponents before even reaching the semifinals, showcasing the formidable path he must navigate in 2024. The Malaysian player has yet to advance beyond the quarterfinals in any tournament this year, adding to the mounting pressure as he aims to defend his title at the All England Open.

As the All England Open 2024 unfolds, Lee Zii Jia is confronted with a challenging draw that presents formidable opponents from the outset. With tough matches ahead, including potential showdowns against elite players, the Malaysian star will need to summon his best performance to overcome the odds and make his mark in this year's tournament.