Singapore Badminton Open Loh Kean Yew, the world champion of badminton, was knocked out by Anthony Ginting, an Indonesian player in the men’s singles semifinals. Loh, a 25-year-old Singaporean, was just one step away from becoming the first person to win the men’s singles title in badminton for the tournament in more than 60 years. Wee Choon Seng was last Singaporean to win this event in 1962.
Loh, the world number 9, took the lead in Saturday’s first game. He went into the intermission with a record of 11-7. His higher-ranked opponent, however, turned the tables and proved to be stronger.
In the second game, the two players were neck-to-neck as Ginting held a lead of 11-10 at break. To win the final match, Ginting held a commanding lead. Ginting is celebrating his first win over the Singaporean in his career. He had previously beaten Ginting on two occasions.
In the finals, Ginting will take on Japan’s Kodai Naropa. It will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. In the semi-finals earlier in the day, Naraoka beat Zhao Jun Peng from China, winning 21-18, 25-24, and 23 minutes respectively.
Loh was the last player from his home open. He defeated Li Shifeng, China 21-15, 21-18 in 49 mins in Friday’s quarter-finals. India’s legend PV Sindhu will be aiming for her third title when she plays Wang Zhi Yi, a rising Chinese shuttler, in the final of the Singapore Open 2022 women’s singles. The match will be broadcast live on television. (More Badminton News
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Sindhu, 27, defeated Japanese Saena Kaiwakami in straight games (21-15 and 21-7), to make it her third final in 2022. Two-time Olympic gold medallist, Sindhu had won Super 300 titles at Syed Modi International as well as the Swiss Open. Sindhu is the third seed.
Unseeded Wang Zhi Yi performed equally well in the semi-final to defeat Ohori Aya of Japan 21-14, 21-14. The Asian champion is now the 22-year old. Two-time World Junior champion, and Youth Olympics silver medallist, the 22-year-old lost to Tai Tzu-ying from Chinese Taipei in last month’s Indonesia Open final.
This is the second encounter between PV Sindhu & Wang Zhi Yi. The Indian shuttler defeated her Chinese counterpart 21-18, 21-13 at the All England Open Badminton Championships 2022. SINGAPORE: Indian shuttler PV Sinhu stormed into Singapore Open title clash, winning a convincing win over Japanese Saena Kawakami (lower ranked) in the women’s singles semifinal.
Sindhu, who is a double Olympic medallist and had won two Super 300 titles at Syed Modi International this year and Swiss Open this, won 21-15 21-7 against world number 38 Kawakami in an 32-minute last four clash. The Hyderabadi 27-year old, who also won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships, is just one win away her maiden Super 500 title in the 2022 season.
The third seeded Indian will take on China’s Wang Zhi Yi (22 years old), who is the reigning Asian Championships gold-medallist and was also part the Uber Cup team that won silver in Bangkok. Wang beat Japan’s Ohori Aya 21-14 21-14. In their one-off meeting at the All England Championships, Sindhu defeated Wang, world number 11. Wang, a two-time World Junior Champion as well as a Youth Olympics silver medallist had reached the finals in Indonesia Open Super 1000 in June.
Sindhu entered the match with a 2-0 record head-to-head, having last played at the 2018 China Open. Kawakami was given a walkover by Tai Tzu Ying, top seed from Chinese Taipei, in the second round.
Kawakami, a former world number 15 and winner of the 2019 Orleans Masters, was also a finalist at Swiss Open. She was part of the Japanese women’s team that won bronze in May. It was the fifth tournament in 2022 for Kawakami, who had only played three events last year.
Former world champion Sindhu looked confident against Kawakami who couldn’t control his shuttle and was left in an abyss during the lopsided match.