New Delhi: World champion Loh Keen Yu struggled to reach the summit clash of the ongoing India Open 2022, which is part of the BWF World Tour tournament series, at the KD Jadhav Stadium on Saturday.
The fifth seed booked her place in the summit clash without even stepping on the court for the semi-final match as her rival Brian Yang withdrew from the tournament due to a sore throat and a slight headache in the morning. The Canadian has however tested negative for COVID-19.
“Brian Yang complained of a sore throat and a slight headache in the morning. He said he was not feeling well and therefore withdrew. Yang however tested negative for COVID-19. So, Loh Keane You are in the final,” the organizers said in a statement.
The Singapore players will now face Malaysia’s Ng Tje Yong or India’s Lakshya Sen in the final.
In the men’s singles event, Loh Keen Yu defeated Sergei Sirant of Russia 21-16, 21-13 on Friday. In women’s singles, two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament at the KD Jadhav Stadium.
Sindhu defeated Ashmita Chaliha 21-7, 21-18 in a match that lasted 36 minutes. Apart from Sindhu, shuttlers Lakshya Sen and Akarshi Kashyap were among others who made it to the semi-finals.
First Published:January 15, 2022, 2:22 PM