Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew advances to Indian Open final

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SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew is through to the final of the India Open badminton tournament after his opponent withdrew from their semi-final match on Saturday January 14.

Loh was supposed to face Brian Yang from Canada who reportedly fell ill.

He will face India’s Lakshya Sen or Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong in the final – depending on the results of their semi-final match.

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The New Delhi Championship has been affected by COVID-19, with several players have withdrawn in recent days after testing positive.

In mixed doubles, Singaporean duo Terry Hee Yong Kai and Tan Wei Han also qualified for the final after their opponents. – Russians Rodion Alimov and Alina Davletova – withdrew from their semi-final match.

One of them tested positive for COVID-19.

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“The player returned a positive result from a mandatory RT-PCR test performed on Friday,” the Badminton World Federation said in a press release on Saturday, although it did not name the player.

“His doubles partner has been identified as a close contact and has also been removed from the tournament. Their opponents will be granted a forfeit for the final.

There was also a forfeit in the women’s doubles event.

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The team of Ekaterina Malkova and Anastasiia Shapovalova withdrew from the semi-final match against fellow Russians Anastasiia Akchurina and Olga Morozova, who will now advance to the final.

Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min withdrew from her quarter-final match on Friday after experiencing a “high fever”. She tested negative for COVID-19 in a rapid antigen test, the Badminton Association of Singapore said.

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