Carolina Marin and Lee Zii Jia stunned at Malaysia Open - PV Sindhu and Viktor Axelsen into quarters 

The 2016 Olympic champion suffered a shock exit at the Malaysia Open while PV Sindhu moves into quarters. 


Local hero Lee Zii Jia is out of the Malaysia Open.

The Asian badminton champion lost 19-21, 21-19, 16-21 to Indonesia's Shesar Hiren Rhustavito on a black Thursday (30 June) for the Malaysian players as Liew Daren and Ng Tze Yong were also eliminated in round two.

Zii Jia was hoping to play Japan's former World No 1 Momota Kento in the quarter-finals but needs to do some soul-searching instead.

The World No 5 has a chance to redeem himself at next week's Malaysia Masters.

Rio 2016 Olympic champion Carolina Marin also surprisingly crashed out in round two as she lost to unseeded Line Kjaersfeldt from Denmark 19-21, 21-19, 13-21 in 74 minutes.

After reaching the last 16 at the recent Indonesia Open, the record six-time European champion looked dominant at the start of their encounter before succumbing to the aggressive style of her opponent. It was Kjaersfeldt's first win against the Spaniard after eleven consecutive defeats.

"I am still very far from my 100%," said Marin who wants to use her early exit as additional motivation for the World championships which start on 21 August in Tokyo.

South Korea's An Se Young was ousted by China's Han Yue 23-21, 18-21, 16-21.

Meanwhile, seven-seeded PV Sindhu needed 57 minutes to beat Thailand's unseeded Phittayaporn Chaiwan 19-21, 21-9, 21-14. Next up for the Indian is Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) who has a 14-5 head-to-head record against the two-time Olympic medallist.

Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Jonatan Christie are also through. Ginting prevailed over Thailand's Sitthikom Thammasin 21-18, 21-18 to set up a meeting with Viktor Axelsen. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion had to work harder than expected to see off Lee Cheuk Yiu 15-21, 21-6, 21-13.

Christie took care of Japan's Nishimoto Kenta 21-18, 21-17.


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