On Wednesday, badminton superstar Loh Kean Yew put another feather to his cap, just one week after receiving the Sportsman of the Year award for the first time at the annual Singapore Sports Awards ceremony that took place the previous week (Nov 16).

In the opening round of the Australian Open, the 2021 world champion defeated the 427th-ranked Low Pit Seng of Australia 21-10, 21-9. This victory earned him a spot in the World Tour Finals, which will be held in Bangkok from December 7 to 11.

The current world No. 3 is the first male player from Singapore to qualify for the renowned tournament, which will feature the top eight players in both the singles and doubles competitions.

Yeo Jiamin made history in 2021 by becoming the first Singaporean badminton player to accomplish this accomplishment.

Even though Yew has not yet won a title from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in 2022, he has advanced to the quarterfinals or better in seven of the 11 BWF events he has competed in so far this year.

It was earlier this month when he reached a career-high third place in the world ranking, an accomplishment that no other local player has ever accomplished.

At the Australian Open on Thursday, the Chinese player Li Shifeng will be Yew’s opponent in the round of the sixteen.

Before the World Tour Finals, the event in Sydney is the second-to-last stop on the tour.

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