Loh Kean Yew takes first step in defending world title with simple win over Spain’s Pablo Abian

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On the BWF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, Singapore’s high badminton participant is ready to defend his title.

Loh Kean Yew, 25, made it previous the primary spherical in 29 minutes, besting Spain’s Pablo Abian, ranked 58th on the earth, 21-12, 21-12.

Singapore’s first-ever world champion is at present ranked eighth.

Loh made historical past in December of final 12 months when he received the championship at Huelva, Spain, defeating India’s Kidambi Srikanth 21-15, 22-20.

Nevertheless, since then, it has been an uneven 12 months for Loh, who has not but received a title within the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Tour 2022.

His highlights for this 12 months had been coming in second place to Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsam on the SEA Video games in Vietnam in Could, in addition to making it to the Indian Open remaining in January, the place he misplaced to India’s 20-year-old Lakshya Sen, 22-24, 17-21, in a sport that lasted almost an hour.

Loh additionally reached the Indonesian Masters semi-finals in June, in addition to the quarter-finals on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham earlier this month.

However on the match in opposition to Abian on Monday (Aug 22), Loh was in superb kind.

He faces Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon, ranked forty first on the earth, within the subsequent spherical.

“I’m pleased to be again in Tokyo and enjoying within the World Championships once more, however regardless that it was a historic win in December, that’s already historical past,” he’s quoted in The Straits Occasions as saying.

“I used to be targeted and caught to the sport plan even after I was trailing. As at all times, I’m taking it one match at a time and can analyse and focus on the technique for the following match with my coach,” he added.

Loh was not the one member of the household to see a win on the opening spherical of the BWF World Championships.

His brother, Loh Kean Hean and Terry Hee received over France’s Christo and Tomo Junior Popov within the males’s doubles in 34 minutes, 21-17, 21-18.

The duo can be up in opposition to Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, who’re ranked ninth on the earth. /TISG

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