SINGAPORE: Singapore badminton player Loh Kean Yew’s stunning run at the Indonesia Open came to an end on Sunday (Nov 28) when he was defeated by world No 2 Viktor Axelsen in the men’s singles finals.
The Dane, who is the Olympic champion and tournament second seed, was stretched by Loh, but eventually beat the 24-year-old 21-13, 9-21, 21-13 in 59 minutes.
Despite the defeat, this marks a milestone for world No 26 Loh as it is the first time he has qualified for the final of a Badminton World Federation World Tour Super 1000 event.
It was Axelsen that got off to a better start of the two as the Dane led 5-2 early on. While Loh managed to claw his way back to 6-6, Axelsen would take an 11-6 lead at the interval and claimed the first game in 19 minutes.
The Singaporean took a more aggressive approach to the second game and it paid off as he went into the interval 11-3 ahead and would cruise to a win to force a decider.
Things were much tighter in the final game as Axelsen would take an early lead at 5-2. A series of mistakes by Loh saw him go behind 5-11 at the interval before eventually losing the match.