Loh Kean Yew spending Valentine’s Day ‘with himself’ earlier than heading for rematch with Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia

Singapore — The nation’s first world badminton champion, Loh Kean Yew, posted an early Valentine’s Day greeting on Feb 9 on his Instagram put up, saying he was “spending high quality time this Valentine’s Day” with himself and his Seiko Prospex.

He posted a photograph of what regarded like a date night time, along with his very good watch prominently featured. Loh turned a “model pal” for Seiko Prospex final month.

The Singaporean champ is enjoying on the Badminton Asia Crew Championships (BATC) at Shah Alam, Malaysia, subsequent week.

However Loh could have truly had extra firm, as there have been two consuming glasses within the picture.

His put up resulted in some good-natured ribbing from fellow badminton gamers Ong Yew Sin and Viktor Axelsen.

Each are elite athletes within the badminton world, with Malaysia’s Ong reaching eleventh in world rankings. Denmark’s Axelsen, in the meantime, is the reigning Olympic Champion. 

Loh has been coaching with Axelsen in Dubai since early this 12 months.

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On the BATC subsequent week, Loh faces off towards All England winner Lee Zii Jia from Malaysia.

On Feb 9, The New Straits Instances (NST) known as the upcoming match a “Battle of the titans,” characterizing the sport as “epic” and a “titanic showdown” that’s “positive to take centerstage” on the video games, notably as a result of there might be fewer gamers this 12 months. 

Kento Momota of Japan and Antony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia won’t be collaborating on this 12 months’s BATC. Badminton gamers from China, Taiwan and Thailand, will even not be becoming a member of the BATC video games as a consequence of Covid-19.

Lee, like Loh, is 24. He has confronted the Singaporean athlete 4 occasions and misplaced the final two.

The onus is on Lee to get his nation by way of to the semi-Asian finals, NST quoted one coach as saying. 

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“I consider that Zii Jia would be the deciding issue after we play Singapore as a result of after his 50-50 efficiency final season, he should attempt to win that vital level. If he does, we now have an excellent probability,” stated Mr Hendrawan, the nationwide males’s singles head coach for Malaysia.

Lee, who’s ranked quantity 7 on this planet, resigned from the nationwide staff after dropping to Loh on the Hylo Open ultimate in Germany final November so as to flip skilled. /TISG

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