Asian Badminton Championships eludes Loh Kean Yew, modifications focus to SEA Video games and Sudirman Cup

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s prime shuttler Loh Kean Yew has as soon as once more failed in his quest to assert a victory over Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, as the 2 battled it out on the weekend within the males’s singles last of the 2023 Badminton Asia Championships.

Loh, who gained the BWF World Championship in 2021, fell for the fourth consecutive time to the world quantity two ranked participant in simply half an hour, 21-12, 21-8 on the Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Indoor Corridor in Dubai, UAE.

Regardless of the loss, Loh climbed three spots to be in fourth place within the newest Badminton World Federation’s rating for the lads’s singles class. Viktor Axelsen stays the world’s primary badminton participant, and Ginting maintained his spot in second place. Japanese badminton participant Kodai Naraoka is in third place, whereas Chou Tien Tien of Chinese language Taipei is in fifth. All of the gamers talked about above will likely be in motion in Singapore on the upcoming Singapore Badminton Open on the Singapore Indoor Stadium from June 6 to 11.

Head-to-Head | Loh Kean Yew vs Anthony Ginting – Picture: Badminton World Federation

Loh’s consideration has now turned to the upcoming SEA Video games in Cambodia, with the badminton competitors scheduled for Might 8 to 16 on the Morodok Techo Nationwide Stadium in Phnom Penh. However this additionally clashes with the BWF Sudirman Cup, beginning on Might 14 in Suzhou, China. Subsequently Loh, and different Group Singapore badminton gamers, comparable to Yeo Jia Min, will solely be taking part within the group occasions in Cambodia, which is able to finish on Might 11. 

Singapore is drawn in Group A with China, Denmark and Egypt for the 2023 Sudirman Cup. There are 4 teams, and the highest two from every group will advance to the quarter-finals stage. Singapore final performed within the Sudirman Cup in 2019, grouped with Canada, Germany, and Israel. Singapore completed the group in third place, with one level courtesy of a 4-1 win over Israel. They misplaced their different two matches with comparable outcomes, 3-2, to Canada and Germany. Singapore then gained their Seventeenth-ranking classification match 3-0 towards Vietnam.

Sudirman Cup 2019 – Singapore vs Vietnam – Seventeenth Classification Match Picture: Badminton World Federation

“It’s been a combined week – had some good runs and onerous classes to study. Leaving Dubai with a silver medal within the bag. My heartiest congratulations to Ginting for profitable the Asian title. Heading to Cambodia for the SEA Video games quickly, see you then!”

Singapore gained one silver and 5 bronze within the earlier SEA Video games held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Loh clinched the Republic’s solely silver medal and gained the bronze medal within the males’s group occasion.

Though it’s a disappointment for Loh not to have the ability to declare glory in Dubai, he stays the one Singaporean participant to advance to the ultimate of the Badminton Asian Championship and to deliver house the silver medal. Previous to Loh’s efficiency, Singapore solely managed a bronze medal in 2001 by Indra Wijaya within the males’s singles and Xiao Luxi within the ladies’s singles the next 12 months. In 2006 Hendri Saputra and Li Yujia additionally obtained the bronze medal within the combined doubles occasion.

Wijaya began his badminton profession representing Indonesia earlier than switching his allegiance to Singapore. Within the 2001 Asian Badminton Championship in Manila, Wijaya went up towards a younger Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia within the early levels of the match. He confronted eventual champion Xia Xuanze of China within the semi-finals, shedding 15-7, 15-8. Xuanze defeated 18-year-old Lin Dan within the last, who was then a younger and rising star within the badminton scene.

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