Robust begin: Loh Kean Yew beats India’s Lakshya Sen in first spherical of Badminton Asia Championships

SINGAPORE: It was a powerful begin for former world champion Loh Kean Yew on the Badminton Asia Championships in Dubai on Tuesday (Apr 25) as he defeated Indian athlete Lakshya Sen 21-7, 23-21 in simply 37 minutes.

The 21-year-old Sen memorably beat Loh, 25, on the remaining of the India Open in January of final yr, 24-22, 21-17, in a 54-minute match that kicked off the 2022 BWF World Tour season for the Singaporean champion.

In August of final yr, the 2 confronted off once more, with Sen once more beating Loh on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.

Nevertheless, this time round, it was Loh’s flip to greatest Sen and can face both Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik of Jordan or Hussein Zayan Shaheed Zaki of the Maldives within the subsequent spherical of the competitors.

He began the sport aggressively, and because of this, the Indian participant may solely rack up seven factors within the first set.

Sen rallied within the second set and even led at one level at 20-19. However he seems to have misplaced steam after that, permitting Loh to win the match.

“The Singapore star used his lightning-fast motion to place stress on Lakshya, who was struggling to maintain (up) with the tempo within the first sport. Loh took the opening sport with out permitting to (sic) Lakshya to achieve any kind of momentum,” reads a report on the match from India In the present day Sports activities Desk.

Singapore’s first-ever badminton world champion, Loh is ranked seventh globally. His highest rating was third on the finish of final yr.

Sen, a former world junior no 1, is presently ranked twenty fifth on this planet. His highest world rating was sixth in November of final yr.

For subsequent month’s SEA Video games, Loh shall be going to Cambodia however will solely be collaborating within the crew competitors as a result of, by Might 14, Loh shall be in Suzhou, China, for the Sudirman Cup, Yahoo! Information reported. /TISG

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