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Loh Kean Yew Takes World Championship Defense Draw

Shuttle players from Singapore (left to right) Lo Keen Yu, Terry Hee and Jessica Tan will compete at the 2022 Badminton World Championships in Tokyo.  (Photo: Getty Images, Commonwealth Games Singapore)

Shuttle players from Singapore (left to right) Lo Keen Yu, Terry Hee and Jessica Tan will compete at the 2022 Badminton World Championships in Tokyo. (Photo: Getty Images, Commonwealth Games Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Law Keen Yu begins his Badminton World Championship men’s singles title defense against Spain’s world No. 59 Pablo Avian.

World No. 9 will sideline world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen and many other players after the official draw on Wednesday (August 10) in Tokyo from August 22-28. I recently beat him to the final.

Those players include Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen, who lost in June’s Indonesian Masters semifinals. Indonesia’s Anthony Siniska Ginting, who beat him at the Singapore Open last month. Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia surprised the 25-year-old at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Still, Loh has to contend with some tricky opponents on the drawn side. He could face Hong Kong veteran and world No. 11 Angus Ng in the Round of 16 as early as possible. In the quarterfinals, he could face world number 3 Anders Antonsen. – Or Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn, who lost in the final of the SEA Games singles tournament.

In the semi-finals, he could face longtime rival Malaysia’s Li Zi Jia, newly crowned Commonwealth Games champion Raksha Sen or Japan’s world No. 2 Kento Momota.

Law defeated India’s Kidambi Srikant in the men’s singles final at the World Championships in Huelva, Spain last December to become Singapore’s first world champion.

The spectacular victory, the culmination of a period of extreme heat, helped him move up the world rankings from 44th last October to 9th.

Mixed Doubles Duo Open Match vs England Pair

Singapore’s newly crowned Commonwealth Games mixed doubles champions Terry Hee and Jessica Tan will begin their World Championship campaign against England’s Callum Hemming and Jessica Pugh in Round 64.

If they win by a tie, the 12th seed Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsumoto will face off against the 12th seed Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsumoto.

Hee and Tan are in the same bracket as Thailand’s world No. 2 pair Dechapong Pumvaranukro and Sapsily Taerattanachai and could face each other in the quarterfinals if they advance to the stage.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games singles bronze medalist Yeo Ji Min, Singapore’s top women’s shuttle, will face South Korea’s world No. 43 Shim Yoo Jin in the opening round.

World No. 18 is tied with Taiwan’s No. 2 Tai Tzu Ying, China’s No. 4 Chen Yufei and Thailand’s former world champion Ratchanok Intanon.

Hee will also play in the men’s doubles match against Law’s older brother Keen Heane, who will face France’s Christo Popov and Thomas Jr. Popov in the opener.

The women’s doubles pair of Jin Yujia and Crystal Wong will face Austria’s Serena Auyoung and Katharina Hochmire in the first round, while Jason Teh will face Netherlands’ Mark Karju in the men’s singles.

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