Loh Kean Yew begins his title defense by beating Spain’s Abian in the first round of the World Championship


Loh is Singapore’s sole representative in men’s singles after Jason Teh was eliminated in the opening round. The world number 86. Teh lost to Dutchman Mark Caljouw 13:21, 14:21.

Terry Hee and Loh Kean Hean also started the season with a win in men’s doubles. They beat France’s Christo Popov and Toma Junior Popov 21:17, 21:18 and next meet Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi.

However, Hee and Jessica Tan advanced to the next round of mixed doubles via walkover. The husband-wife duo, who recently won gold at the Commonwealth Games, next meet 12th-placed Japan’s Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo.

The women’s singles event takes place without Singapore’s top-ranked women’s singles player, Yeo Jia Min, who announced last week that she would be withdrawing from the tournament.

In an Instagram post, the world number 18 said she contracted COVID-19 after returning from the Commonwealth Games – her second time contracting the virus.

While Yeo has since recovered, she found that her polymerase chain reaction test still returned a positive result, meaning she would not be able to enter Japan.