CM – Loh Kean Yew from Singapore reaches the final of the Badminton World Championship after beating the number 3 in the world rankings



SINGAPORE – Badminton player Loh Kean Yew defeated number 3 in the world rankings Anders Antonsen on Saturday (December 18) and secured his place in the BWF World Championship final.

Loh Kean Yew from Singapore defeated Anders Antonsen from Denmark with 23:21, 21:14 in the semifinals of the BWF World Championships in men’s singles in Huelva, Spain, on December 18, 2021.

SINGAPORE – Badminton player Loh Kean Yew defeated number 3 on Saturday (December 18) World rankings Anders Antonsen and secured his place in the BWF world championship final.

The Singaporean number 22 in the world rankings defeated the Dane with 23:21, 21:14 in the semi-finals of the men’s singles at the tournament in Huelva, Spain.

The match was the first career meeting between the two players. Loh will face Kidambi Srikanth from India in the final on Sunday.

Loh is arguably the best player of the tournament and has made it to most of the world championships. Antonsen seemed to have an early answer for the Singaporean when he took an early lead.

But Loh shook off five points in a row and took an 11-8 lead during the break.

And straight when Loh looked like he had the first game under his belt, Antonsen saved five game points. But Loh kept his composure and won the first game.

While Antonsen and Loh stood head to head again at the beginning of the second set, Loh led to 11: 7- through a combination of the Singaporean’s excellent defense and mistakes by the Dane. Interval lead.

The Dane attempted an exciting comeback, but Loh pushed for an historic win.

Loh’s win comes a day after the 24-year-old India’s HS Prannoy defeated in straight games, at least for himself to guarantee a joint bronze.

This made Loh the first Singaporean to ever win a medal at the BWF World Championships.

The win is the best result for a Singaporean in every edition of the World Championship.

Yeo Jia Min had reached the quarter-finals of the women’s singles in the previous edition of the World Championship, while Ronald Susilo was also eliminated in the same stage in 2007.

The mixed doubles from Chayut Tr iyachart and Yao Lei also reached the quarter in 2011, while Jiang Yanmei and Li Yujia managed the same feat in the women’s doubles in 2007.

At the beginning of the tournament, Loh angered world number one Viktor Axelsen in the first round, before finishing in 25 minutes Austria’s Luka Wraber overtook him.

Then he beat Thailand’s cantaphon Wangcharoen in the round of 16 on Thursday and won the game in just 30 minutes.

In the last edition of the World Cup, Loh made it to the round of 16 before being replaced by Chou Tien- Chen was knocked out.

Loh won his first BWF World Tour Super 500 title at the Hylo Open last month. In October he also won the Dutch Open crown. CNA

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