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Singaporean Loh Kean Yew has been eliminated from the All-England Open in Birmingham on his debut after the first round, despite a valiant effort.
Loh, who is currently world number nine, was facing off against Denmark’s world number three Anders Antonsen on Mar. 16.
After a 74-minute game, Loh, 24, was beaten 21-15, 18-21 and 21-13.
Here’s a snippet of Loh’s impressive cross-court shot.
Loh’s debut at the All-England Open
This is Loh’s first appearance at the All-England Open, but his second time facing Antonsen on court.
Loh last met and defeated the Dane in the semi-finals of the BWF World Championships in December 2021, and was crowned World Champion after beating India’s Kidambi Srikanth.
Antonsen has prior experience in the All-England Open, having participated six times already.
He previously also made it to the 2020 and 2021 semi-finals, The Straits Times reported.
Loh’s next match will be the Swiss Open starting from Mar. 22.
Prior to this, he won a historic bronze medal at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in February against Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Kuncoro.
Earlier in March, he lost to Canada’s Brian Yang at the German Open.
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