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Loh Kean Yew falls at quarter-final hurdle again to Shi Yuqi

Singapore shuttler Loh Kean Yew in action at the Australian Open.
Singapore shuttler Loh Kean Yew in action at the Australian Open. (PHOTO: Luis Veniegra/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Loh Kean Yew has reached 10 quarter-finals in the 14 BWF World Tour events he competed in 2022 - an indication of his consistent performances this year.

However, he has gone on to the semi-finals only four times this year and, at the Australian Open on Friday (18 November), the 25-year-old fell again in the last-eight stage, losing a hard-fought match to China's Shi Yuqi 21-17, 16-21, 13-21 in 64 minutes.

Perhaps the world No.3's previous match - another tough three-game battle against another Chinese shuttler, Li Shifeng - took too much out of him. But after making a good start, Loh ran out of steam in the final game, slipping into a 3-14 hole that proved too much for him to recover.

The former world champion has yet to win a tournament on the BWF Tour this year, with only next month's World Tour Finals left on the calendar. Loh has nonetheless qualified for the season-ending event in Bangkok, where only the top eight shuttlers of the season can compete in.

For the men's singles, the eight players who qualified for the World Tour Finals are: Viktor Axelsen, Chou Tien-chen, H.S. Prannoy, Jonatan Christie, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Kodai Naraoka, Loh and Lu Guangzu.

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