Off to a superb begin: Loh Kean Yew advances to quarter-finals at Malaysia Open

SINGAPORE — The nation’s premier badminton participant is off to a superb begin for the yr, profitable his first two matches of the Malaysia Open and advancing to the quarter-finals.

The event, officially referred to as the Petronas Malaysia Open 2023, is held from Jan 10 to fifteen on the Axiata Area in Kuala Lumpur, with a complete prize of US$1,250,000 (SGD1,663,000).

Loh Kean Yew is seeded third on the first event of the 2023 BWF World Tour, behind Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen and Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia, who’s ranked primary and two, respectively. The match was a hard-fought one which took 51 minutes in all. Beneath are highlights from the sport.

Lee, nonetheless, bowed out to Japan’s Kodai Naraoka within the spherical of 32 on Wednesday (Jan 11) in three units (13-21, 21-17, 21-19).

Axelsen defeated his countryman Rasmus Gemke within the first spherical (17-21, 21-14, 21-12) and faces Malaysia’s Daren Liew on Thursday (Jan 12) for the second spherical.

Loh took his first win towards China’s Li Shifeng, ranked twentieth on the earth, on Wednesday (Jan 11) 21-19, 23-21.

On Thursday, he confronted Zhao Junpeng, who can be from China and is at the moment ranked twelfth on the earth, profitable in straight units 21-15, 21-8.

Loh is the primary males’s singles participant within the event to advance to the quarter-finals.

The previous world champion lately reached profession highs not solely with rating third on the earth but additionally with profitable Sportsman of the 12 months on the Singapore Sports activities Awards on Nov 10 and being the primary Singaporean to qualify for the BWF World Tour Finals 2022 on Nov 16.

On Nov 28, 2022, it was introduced that Loh had been nominated for the Male Participant Of The 12 months Award on the BWF Participant of the 12 months Awards 2022.

The opposite nominees on this class had been Malaysia’s Lee and Denmark’s Axelsen.

“Nominees had been chosen primarily based on performances within the 2021/2022 season from 1 November 2021 to 31 October 2022 and recognises achievements of our elite badminton and Para badminton gamers and pairs in eight classes,” BWF mentioned on its web site.

Axelsen received the award for Male Participant Of The 12 months. /TISG

Loh Kean Yew nominated for Badminton World Federation (BWF) 2022 Male Participant Of The 12 months

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