SINGAPORE: After being named Sportswoman of the Year for the first time at the annual Singapore Sports Awards last week, badminton star Loh Kin Yew added another feather to his cap on Wednesday (Nov 16).
The 2021 world champion qualified for the Dec. 7-11 World Tour Finals in Bangkok after defeating Australia’s 427th-ranked Low Pete Seng 21-10, 21-9 in the opening round of the Australian Open.
The world No. 3 is the first Singaporean to qualify for the prestigious tournament, which features the current top eight singles and doubles players.
In 2021, Yeo Jiamin became the first Singaporean badminton player to achieve the feat.
Although Loh has yet to win a Badminton World Federation (BWF) title in 2022, he has reached the last eight in seven of 11 BWF events this year.
Earlier this month, he saw his world ranking rise to a career-high third, a feat no other local shuttler has achieved.
Loh will face China’s Li Shifeng in the round of 16 at the Australian Open on Thursday.
The Sydney event is the penultimate stop before the World Tour Finals.