Badminton: Loh Kean Yew falls to Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn in Malaysia Open quarters | Technoscoob
SINGAPORE – Loh Kean Yew suffered a fourth straight defeat by Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn on Friday, bowing out of the Malaysia Open 21-11, 20-22, 21-14 in a gruelling 80-minute quarter-final.
Kunlavut, 21, skilfully used his defensive talents and precision to race to an 11-6 lead on the Axiata Area, whereas Loh’s makes an attempt to assault went large or into the online, permitting the Thai world No. 9 to take the primary recreation in 19 minutes.
It was an analogous story on the restart because the SEA Video games champion rapidly conjured a 7-0 lead, aided by his persistence and complete court docket protection.
However world No. 6 Loh slowly chipped away at that hole, turning up the aggression and utilizing his signature highly effective smashes and wide selection of photographs to frazzle Kunlavut, who appeared to haven’t any solutions for as soon as.
Loh, 25, took the lead for the primary time within the match at 15-14 with a down-the-line smash and the lead exchanged arms earlier than Loh took the second recreation 22-20 after quite a few intense rallies.
Each gamers introduced their A recreation within the decider, with the distinction in factors by no means going past two till Kunlavut’s cross-court drop shot gave him an 11-8 lead on the interval.
A couple of errors from Loh allowed his opponent to widen the hole with the toll on each gamers evident as they collapsed on the ground for a short respite at 19-13 after Loh’s cross-court smash went large.
However the Thai two-time world junior champion’s persistence finally wore Loh down with the Singaporean sending a shot large on the baseline at match level as Kunlavut celebrated with a relieved smile. The pair exchanged a hug on the internet later.
The Thai, who had additionally defeated Loh within the SEA Video games closing in Might and within the quarter-finals of the world championships in August, now leads their head-to-head tally 4-1. He’ll face both Indian world No. 8 H.S. Prannoy or Japanese world No. 7 Kodai Naraoka for a spot within the closing.
The match continues for Singapore with ladies’s doubles pair Jin Yujia and Crystal Wong taking over South Koreans Baek Ha-na and Lee Yu-lim within the final eight afterward Friday.