Powerful draw for Loh Kean Yew regardless of avoiding world No. 1 Axelsen in World Tour Finals group stage

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Singapore’s high shuttler Loh Kean Yew has managed to keep away from dealing with world primary badminton participant Viktor Axelsen in his first HSBC Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals group stage. The event is going down from 7 to 11 Dec in Bangkok, Thailand.

However the participant who’s ranked No. 3 nonetheless has his work reduce out for him as he’s drawn in Group B alongside Taiwanese world No. 4 Chou Tien-chen, and Indonesia’s world No. 5 Jonatan Christie and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting who’s ranked seventh on the earth.

Loh will start his maiden BWF World Excursions towards Chou on Dec 7, earlier than taking over Christie the following day. He’ll face Ginting in his ultimate Group B match on Dec 9. The knockout draw for the semifinals will happen on Friday night on the conclusion of the ultimate group matches.

“This yr I’ve executed fairly properly. I’ve achieved what I’ve all the time stated, my consistency. Now that I’m world ranked quantity three, at the moment my highest, that’s fairly an achievement,” stated the 2022 Singapore Sportsman of the 12 months in an interview with SPOTV.

“Everybody that comes right here to play on this event, they’re all very sturdy. Everybody goes to be a giant problem right here. I don’t assume any matches goes to be simple, so I’m ready to go all out. It’s my final event of the yr. It has been a tiring season, however only one extra to go and I’ll simply do my finest.”

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The 25-year-old will likely be trying to avenge his latest loss – 16-21, 21-8, 19-21 – to Chou within the semi-finals of the Daihatsu Indonesia Grasp in June this yr. Loh had twice defeated the Taiwanese, on the HYLO Open 2021 (21-18, 21-13) and the Badminton Asia Group Championships 2020 (21-16, 21-17).

It will likely be a troublesome match towards Christie as Loh had suffered 5 losses to the Indonesian beforehand. The newest defeat got here earlier this yr within the Badminton Asia Championships 2022, with Loh placing up a courageous combat earlier than dropping out 20-22, 21-23.

The Singapore shuttler will likely be wanting ahead to his ultimate group match towards Ginting as the 2 had met thrice this yr. They met final month in Germany as Loh went down 13-21, 14-21 to Ginting within the Hylo Open 2022 quarter-finals, with the Indonesian occurring to win towards Chou within the ultimate.


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