PETALING JAYA: It was an unfortunate end for shuttler Lee Zii Jia in the World Championships.
The national No. 1 retired in the men’s singles quarter-finals against Anders Antonsen of Denmark, no thanks to a huge blister on his right foot that affected his form in Huelva Spain.
He took the opening game in style with a comfortable 21-12 win but lost the second with 8-21. It was obvious that he was troubled by his foot in the decider as Antonsen raced to a 10-0 lead before Zii JIa took one point and retired at 1-11.
Antonsen will take on Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew, who defeated H.S. Prannoy of India 21-14, 21-12 in 43 minutes.
Head coach Hendrawan said the All-England champion Zii Jia had the blister after his third round match against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark on Thursday.
“It was bleeding after the match against Vittinghus but Zii Jia was treated. In the morning, he admitted that it was still painful but we taped and covered the affected area with bandage to minimise the discomfort,” said Hendrawan.
“He was able to force himself to play in the opening game but after the second, blood oozed out. He asked for the doctor to tape it further but it did not reduce the pain.
“I believe Zii Jia has given his maximum effort in this world meet,” added Hendrawan.