Loh Kean Yew: I’ll return and cry first

SINGAPORE — Prime Singapore nationwide badminton participant Loh Kean Yew exited the India Open within the quarter-finals stage by the hands of a well-recognized opponent, Thailand shuttler Kunlavut Vitidsarn who gained 21-12, 21-17, final Friday, 20 Jan.

Vitidsarn was topped on the India Open males’s singles title as he defeated world primary participant Viktor Axelsen 22-20, 10-21, 21-12 on 22 Jan.

Within the semi-finals, Vitidsarn gained 27-25, 21-15 towards Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, whereas Axelsen defeated Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie 21-6, 21-12.

Loh and Vitidsarn just lately met on the identical stage of the Malaysia Open, with the Singapore participant dropping 21-11, 20-22, 21-14 regardless of placing up a very good combat towards the reigning SEA Video games champion in a match that stretched to 80 minutes.

Loh was nonetheless within the temper for a joke throughout the post-match interview after he misplaced to the world’s quantity eight participant on the India Open quarter-finals match.

“Most likely I’ll return and cry first. I’m simply kidding. I simply relaxation, relaxation the thoughts,” stated Loh.

“I’m very glad that I’ve a number of supporters right here. Every part wants to vary. General I can’t keep in mind a lot, however positively not the best way I performed simply now. It was truly okay, nevertheless it was extra of my very own situation that screwed up,” defined Loh, who’s at present ranked seventh on the planet.

Loh was main 11-7 within the first recreation towards Vitidsarn within the quarter-finals earlier than the Thai participant rallied to 4 consecutive factors and levelled the factors to 11-all. From then on, the 21-year-old maintained his composure and gained the primary recreation 21-12.

It was a extra aggressive second recreation, with each Loh and Vitidsarn buying and selling factors, not permitting the opposite to open an enormous level hole. At one level, it was 17-all, and it regarded like it could go all the way down to the wire. 

However a number of errors by Loh allowed the Thai to choose up the essential few factors to tug away from his Singapore counterpart and finally win the second recreation and safe his spot within the semi-finals.

Loh’s subsequent outing would be the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters, which can be held in Jakarta from 24 Jan. He’ll open the match towards China’s Li Shi Feng. Loh has an ideal report towards Li, victorious in all three earlier matches towards him. The most recent win was on the Malaysia Open, with Loh profitable 21-19, 23-21.

There have been different Singapore shuttlers on the India Open. Ladies’s nationwide badminton participant Yeo Jia Min misplaced to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong within the first spherical. Within the girls’s doubles, Jin Yujia and Crystal Wong did not make it previous the primary hurdle, falling to Thailand’s sister pairing of Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard, 16-21, 21-17, 21-14.

Within the combined doubles occasion, Terry Hee and Jessica Tan put up a spirited combat towards third-ranking Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino 23-21, 21-17. The Japanese duo went on to win the combined doubles occasion.

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