Badminton: Loh Kean Yew loses in the final of the Indonesia Open against Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen, Sport News & Top Stories – Nach Welt

SINGAPORE – In the end, it was a giant too much for national shuttle player Loh Kean Yew when he beat world number 2 Viktor Axelsen in the final of the Indonesia Open on Sunday with 21-13, 9-21, 21-13 , lost (11/28).

Loh, the 24-year-old number 26 in the world, had beaten higher-ranking opponents – especially Welt Nr. 1 Kento Momota – In its run to the finals of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 1000 event valued at $ 850,000 (SGD 1.16 million) at the Bali International Convention Center.

But the 27-year-old Dane Axelsen, who won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in August, Proved too much for the Loh to win the second game after losing the first despite the Singaporean rally.

The defeat put an end to Loh’s hopes of becoming the first Singaporean player to qualify for the season finale of the BWF Tour, which will also take place in Bali next week. If he had won, he would have taken the place of the Thai number 22 Kunlavut Vitidsarn.

Still, his run in Bali is the best performance by a Singaporean shuttle since Ronald Susilo’s individual victory at the 2004 Japan Open.

The Japan Open has been a Super 750 event since the BWF’s tournament levels were introduced in 2018 – one level lower than the Indonesia Open.

Loh, who stands at 1.75 m, had trained with the 1.94m Axelsen in Dubai for a month in August and September, and on Sunday he seemed to be unimpressed with the giant Dane.

He held his own with a strong start in the first game and was level 6-6 but then lost for a while and lost 21-13. But Loh soon rediscovered his vigor and stormed back to win the second game.

In the decisive game, Axelsen started more aggressively, built up a 15-8 lead after a long rally and concluded the match.

After his training stay in Dubai, Loh had assumed good form.

The Indonesia Open was his third individual final in two months, following victories at the Super 100 Dutch Open in October and the Super 500 Hylo Open earlier this month.

In recent weeks he has also beaten a number of top players, above all Momota, as well as number 4 in the world rankings of Chinese Taipei, Chou Tien-chen, Malaysia’s All-England champion Lee Zii Jia (seventh), the Taiwanese Wang Tzu- Wei (11) and India’s Lakshya Sen (19th).

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