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Brave Shuttlers Go Up Against The Best At World Championships

Badminton World Championships

Photo Credit: Singapore Badminton Association's Facebook Page

Singapore Sports School's alumni shuttlers Loh Kean Yew, Loh Kean Hean, Terry Hee Yong Kai, Jessica Tan Wei Han, Jason Teh Jia Heng and Crystal Wong Jia Ying made their way to Japan for the Badminton World Championships, held from 22 to 28 August 2022, and it was the badminton competition to watch as elite shuttlers from all over the world convened to vie for the top spot.

The group got off to a good start when Terry Hee and Loh Kean Hean featured in the Men’s Doubles and achieved a victory over their 28th-ranked French opponents with a score of 21-17, 21-18. In a closely fought second round, the pair battled hard to beat their Malaysian opponents 22-20, 22-20. In their last match, they did not fare as well and were defeated by team India 21-18, 15-21, 16-21.

Badminton power couple Terry Hee and his wife Jessica Tan benefitted from a walkover in the first round after their opponents from England withdrew from the competition. They faced Japan’s world number 16 pairing in the next round and rose to the challenge by winning the match 19-21, 21-11, 21-17. However, Terry and Jessica were outplayed by their opponents in the following round. The pair bowed out of the competition after losing their match against World No.7 pairing from Hong Kong 10-21, 15-21.

Crystal Wong and her partner Jin Yujia triumphed over their opponents from Austria 21-12, 21-7 in the first round before continuing their march forward when their Japanese opponents withdrew in the second round. After a valiant display, they were defeated by China’s 13th-ranked duo 15-21, 14-21 in the following round.

All eyes were on defending champion Loh Kean Yew. He progressed steadily through the competition after beating Spain’s Pablo Abian 21-12, 21-12 in the first round and Tokyo 2020 semi-finalist Kevin Cordon of Guatemala 21-12, 11-21, 21-12 in the second round. Kean Yew then advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating Hong Kong’s 11th-ranked Angus Ng 21-11, 11-4. Angus retired after 22 minutes into the match upon sustaining an injury to his right thigh. However, Kean Yew’s hope of defending his title was dashed in the next match after a driven Kunlavut Vitidsarn from Thailand beat him 21-12, 17-21, 21-8.

Our shuttlers put up a good fight in the competition and we know that they will be up and raring to represent the nation in the next competition. Onward to the next smashing success!

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