Loh Kean Yew spoiled the party for the home fans as he checked Viktor Axelsen‘s 39-match winning run in the Denmark Open 2022 semifinals.
Electric out of the blocks, Loh controlled the duel to triumph 21-17 21-10.
“It’s a huge achievement to beat Viktor,” said a delighted Loh. “The shuttles were crazy fast and it was all about the net play. I used my speed and power to hit as fast as I could. It just wasn’t possible to control the shuttle speed.
“This is my first super 750 semifinal, so I’m just enjoying it.”
Asked how much he wants to secure a spot in the final, Loh said: “You could ask any athlete and they will tell you ‘I want it badly’. It’s the same for me.”
Disappointed, Axelsen is already looking forward to making amends at YONEX French Open 2022.
“We just became parents a few weeks ago, so now I can spend time with my girls before I get ready for the French Open. I didn’t expend too much energy this week, and I’m crossing my fingers I can do well in Paris.”
Standing in Loh’s way to the final is Lee Zii Jia, who defeated Jonatan Christie 21-16 18-21 21-18.
“I was most happy about controlling my emotions and patience,” said the 24-year-old after his victory over the Indonesian.
“I struggled in the second game, made a lot of errors to the backline and the same happened at the start of the third game, until the interval. The difference between the second and third games was me being patient.
“The semifinal will be tough. I don’t care who’s on the other side of the net, I just want to do my best.”
This will be the seventh meeting between the pair, with the head-to-head tipping 4-2 in favour of the Malaysian.
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