SINGAPORE – National shuttle Yeo Jia Min continued to progress despite discomfort to progress in the Indonesian Masters, yesterday beating Japanese world No.49 Saena Kawakami 21-19, 14-21, 21-14.
The award for world number 20 is a quarterfinal against Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan today. The world number 27 stunned compatriot Ratchanok Intanon, eighth ranked, 18-21, 21-12, 21-17 during the Badminton World Federation World Tour Super 750 event of US $ 600,000 ($ 815,000 S).
Yeo, 22, is 3-1 against Phittayaporn, having beaten the 20-year-old twice in their last meetings in 2019.
The Singaporean has been suffering from flu and body aches since finishing second at the Hylo Open in Germany on November 7 and considering retiring before taking a shot at Danish Line Christophersen at the Bali International Convention Center and winning 21 -18, 21 -18.
It was another tense 53-minute game against Kawakami, with scores tied 12 times before Yeo won the game.
The Japanese fired back, but Yeo was the decider’s sharpest player and picked her points well with her lifts to the backcourt and descents down the line.
She said, “I’m about 90% recovered. It has been quite a while since I played Phittayaporn and everyone including myself has been developing for two years.
“I will continue to do my best to adapt and play.”
Meanwhile in men’s singles, Singaporean compatriot Loh Kean Yew’s winning streak ended in six matches after being beaten by Chinese Taipei world No.4 Chou Tien-chen 21-10, 21- 12.
The world No.30 was largely dominated by Chou during the 33-minute match as he had no response to his opponent’s powerful body shots and was forced to make poor shot selections.
The victory means Chou tied his head-to-head record at 2-2 after losing his previous two encounters, including a first-round match at the Hylo Open that Loh won earlier this month for his first title. in Super 500.
The 24-year-old will claim US $ 1,800 in cash prizes for reaching the second round as he now regroups and focuses on his rebound at the Indonesian Open Nov. 23-28, a Super event. 1000, in the same place.
He said: “My body is a bit tired and I didn’t have the patience to play the long rallies which caused a lot of unforced errors. I will be working on my fitness and getting ready for next week.
National Singles Coach Kelvin Ho summed up: “Kean Yew was not quick enough to adapt to the conditions on the court and we will be working on his physical form and his court touches. Jia Min was resilient and provided answers to the problems his opponents threw at him. “