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Japan Open News | Loh Kean Yew is off to a flying start with his aggressive play 2022

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In Japan Open News what was clearly a survival of the fittest competition, the 2021 world champion breezed past Zhao Junpeng in Osaka as the ‘Minions’ and Matsumoto/Nagahara advanced in doubles. Loh Kean Yew defeated world bronze medalist Zhao Junpeng 21-15, 21-9 in a dramatic first round of the Japan Open in Osaka on Tuesday (30 August).


Loh, who was dethroned as world champion in Japan Open News Tokyo last week by eventual runner-up Kunlavut Vitidsarn, was in command from the start and dispatched Zhao in 32 minutes. Zhao surprised title favorite Lee Zii Jia in the round of 16 last week before defeating Prannoy H.S. in the quarter-finals. But that run in Tokyo definitely cost him, with the Chinese performing below his best in this match.

With the Japan Open starting less than 48 hours after the completion of Japan’s maiden World Championships, there will be plenty of tired players on display this week. “I needed to push myself to be focused and on my game,” Loh said. “I’m definitely fatigued after last week, but virtually everyone here is.

“We barely came the day before and had only one day of relaxation for the Japan Open News , so it’s difficult to keep playing. It really takes a toll on your body when you do it back to back. I just do my best. “I’m just going to take it one match at a time. We’ll see how things proceed “. The men’s singles and doubles winners from last week, Viktor Axelsen and Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik, both pulled out on the first morning of the event at the Maruzen Intec Arena.

With Axelsen out, this competition seems to be considerably more open, with Loh – fitness permitting – among the contenders. The reigning Olympic women’s doubles champion Apriyani Rahayu and new partner Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti started the day with a 21-15, 21-15 victory against Catherine Choi/Josephine Wu.

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World No. 1 in men’s doubles Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo bounced back from their stunning Worlds elimination by defeating Malaysia’s Man Wei Chong/Kai Wun Tee 23-21, 21-19. The Minions on Japan Open News , who were eliminated in the second round of the Tokyo tournament by Ben Lane/Sean Vendy, trailed 10-6 in the second game and had to fight their way back after being driven to deuce in the first set.

The Indonesians were exhausted during their first outing in Osaka.

“We made a few changes for our first match, but I’m extremely delighted we won tonight,” Gideon added. “We want to perform to the best of our abilities in each event,” Sukamuljo said, “and it’s no different this time around.” Lane and Vendy went the distance on Tuesday to defeat the Japanese combination of Matsui Keiichiro/Takeuchi Yoshinori.

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Matsumoto Mayu and Nagahara Wakana, two-time world champions and bronze medalists last week in Tokyo Japan Open News, got off to a strong start, defeating compatriots Iwanaga Rin and Nakanishi Kin 21-14, 21-11.

Prannoy got a reprieve on this day when his Hong Kong opponent Ng Ka Long Angus quit with the score 11-10 in the opening game. Ng, too, had retired in Tokyo.