Lee Zijia was excellent the way he played and beat Chen Long yesterday at the INA Open 2019 R2. Today in the QFs against Anders Antonsen, he was not able to do the same and was even routed by his opponent who played more freely than him to get his game going smoothly.
Apparently, LZJ when playing with higher hopes and under the burden of expectations felt more pressure to deliver and couldn’t perform to his potential, a common problem with most younger, less experienced players in the early stage of their career.
Somehow many MAS players,juniors and seniors, appeared more susceptible to the phenomenon, esp badminton-crazy nations, I supposed.
Still,I believe 21-year-old LZJ is a promising talent, worth careful nurturing.