Commonwealth Games: Loh Kean Yew stunned by Malaysia's Ng Tze Yong

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Singapore's Loh Kean Yew retrieves at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Singapore's Loh Kean Yew in action at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. (PHOTO: Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Top-seeded Singaporean shuttler Loh Kean Yew will leave the 2022 Commonwealth Games without a men's singles medal, after he lost to Malaysia's Ng Tze Yong in the quarter-finals on Saturday (6 August).

The reigning badminton world champion suffered a dramatic collapse in the third game to lose to his lower-ranked opponent 21-15, 14-21, 11-21 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Nothing worked for the 25-year-old world No.9 in that final game, as world No.42 Ng went on a tear with eight consecutive points en route to clinching a memorable victory.

Loh, who had helped Singapore's mixed team clinch a bronze medal earlier in the Games, had been fancied to land a rare men's singles medal, following his rise to prominence after his World Championships triumph last December.

Singapore will still have a representative in the men's singles semi-finals, as Jason Teh defeated Jamaica's Samuel Ricketts 22-20, 21-11 to advance from the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile in the women's singles, Yeo Jia Min also made it into the last four after beating Australia's Wendy Chen 21-15, 21-15 in her quarter-final.

She will have the tough task of trying to beat top-seeded Pusarla V Sindhu of India in the semi-finals. Sindhu had already beaten Yeo once at the Games in the mixed team semi-finals.

Mixed doubles pair Terry Hee and Jessica Tan also made it to the semi-finals, after comfortably beating New Zealand's Oliver Leydon-Davis and Anona Pak 21-11, 21-11. They will face Malaysia's Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing next.

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