SINGAPORE – Loh Kean Yew suffered his fourth straight loss to Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn on Friday, shedding the Malaysia Open 21-11, 20-22, 21-14 in a grueling 80-minute quarter-final.
Kunlavut, 21, skillfully used his defensive means and accuracy to race to an 11-6 lead on the Axiata Area, whereas Loh’s attacking makes an attempt went extensive or into the web, permitting the Thai world No. . 9 to get the primary recreation in 19 minutes.
It was the same story on the restart because the SEA Video games champion shortly constructed a 7-0 lead, aided by his endurance and complete court docket protection.
However the world No. 6 that Loh slowly reduce that hole, stepped up the aggression and used his signature highly effective smashes and extensive pictures to interrupt Kunlavut, who appeared to haven’t any reply for as soon as.
Loh, 25, took the lead for the primary time within the match at 15-14 with a down-the-line smash and the lead exchanged fingers earlier than Loh took the second recreation 22-20 after a number of fierce rallies.
Each gamers introduced their A recreation to the decider, with the distinction in factors not exceeding two till Kunlavut’s cross-court drop shot gave him an 11-8 lead on the interval.
A number of errors from Loh allowed his opponent to widen the hole with the toll of each gamers apparently collapsing on the ground for a brief break at 19-13 after Loh’s cross-court smash went extensive. .
However the Thai two-time world junior champion’s endurance ultimately wore down Loh with the Singaporean sending a shot extensive of the baseline on match level as Kunlavut celebrated with a relieved smile. The couple exchanged hugs within the web later.
The Thai, who additionally defeated Loh within the SEA Video games last in Might and within the quarter-finals of the world championships in August, now leads their head-to-head tally, 4-1. He’ll compete with the Indian world No. 8 HS Prannoy or Japanese world No. 7 Kodai Naraoka for a spot within the last.
The match continues for Singapore the place ladies’s doubles pair Jin Yujia and Crystal Wong will face South Koreans Baek Ha-na and Lee Yu-lim within the final eight on Friday.