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Beaten Malaysia miss Lee in Sudirman Cup opener

A YOUNG Malaysian side shorn of legend Lee Chong Wei lost to host China on the opening day of the Sudirman Cup yesterday.

Lee is one of the finest players of all time but his career appears to be nearing a sad conclusion after he was diagnosed last year with early-stage nose cancer. The 36-year-old former world No. 1’s absence is a severe blow to Malaysia’s hopes of making an impact at the Sudirman Cup, the world mixed-team championships. In his place, Lee Zii Jia, aged 21, faced China’s world No. 2 Shi Yuqi with Malaysia already trailing 0-2 to the hosts in Nanning. Shi was an easy 21-12, 21-11 winner in 35 minutes and China ran out a 5-0 victor in the tie. Indonesia began its campaign with a 4-1 win over England.


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