Badminton’s modest giant killer Loh Kean Yew keeps his feet firmly on the ground

Fresh from winning the Thailand Masters on Sunday with a straight-sets victory over China's former world and Olympic champion Lin Dan, Singapore's Loh Kean Yew will contest the Jan 17-20 Swedish Open.
Fresh from winning the Thailand Masters on Sunday with a straight-sets victory over China's former world and Olympic champion Lin Dan, Singapore's Loh Kean Yew will contest the Jan 17-20 Swedish Open.PHOTO: SINGAPORE BADMINTON OPEN

Denmark stint leaves shuttler aware of improvement needed despite Thailand Masters win

Loh Kean Yew had just beaten arguably the best shuttler of all time on Sunday as he chases his dream of an Olympic gold, but the Singaporean is not getting carried away.

Just over 24 hours after his sensational Thailand Masters final win over Lin Dan, who won two Olympic golds and five world titles, Loh told The Straits Times in a phone interview from Denmark yesterday: "All along I have believed I could get to the top, and beating Lin Dan is nice, but I also know that this is just one win and there is still a long way for me to go."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 16, 2019, with the headline 'Loh's feet firmly on the ground'. Print Edition | Subscribe